Former Newcastle Coach Soars In Betting For New Manager

52 year-old former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson produced one of the most remarkable turnarounds in Premier League history this year – maybe the greatest turnaround in Premier League history.

Leicester were bottom of the league in early April with just 19 points from 29 games played – and Nigel then got 22 points in the final nine games of the season to save Leicester.

And Leicester then fired Nigel in the summer (as a thank you?) and brought in former Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri who now has Leicester joint top of the Premier League with Manchester City.


Nigel Pearson while at Newcastle

And Nigel seems to have come from nowhere to second favorite on most betting sites for the Newcastle job – if it becomes available – behind David Moyes.

Here’s the latest betting on SkyBet:

David Moyes 4/1
Nigel Pearson 5/1
Brendan Rodgers 8/1
Tim Sherwood 12/1
Harry Redknapp 12/1

Glenn Roeder brought Nigel Pearson in as assistant manager when he was in charge of Newcastle – and when Roeder was fired in May of 2007 Nigel took charge of the remaining game of the season at Watford in a 1-1 draw.

Pearson stayed on at Newcastle when Sam Allardyce was brought in that summer when Mike Ashley bought the club.

When Sam was fired in January of the next year Nigel was in charge for the trip to Manchester United which we lost 6–0, with all goals coming in the second half.

He was also in charge of the team for the 3rd round FA Cup replay against Stoke City, which we won 4-1, but once Kevin Keegan came in during the January – after Harry Redknapp had turned down the job – Pearson left the club in February.

Nigel is available and he may jump at the chance of returning to Newcastle.

He’s noted as a hard-line manager and he’s a good coach who seemed to have some problems with some players earlier this year – before that amazing turnaround and he also had some run-ins with the press.

The firing came after some problems in the summer with his teenage son, who was summarily fired by the club.

His son James was involved in a racist sex tape while on tour in the owners’ homeland of Thailand, which was big news in the summer.

Nigel left after a collapse in his relationship with the club’s Thai owners, over the dismissal of his son.

We’re not too sure about Nigel.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

130 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Dec 1, 2015 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #1

    He cant be any worse than what we have.

    The problem being he’s not a “YES” Man and Ashley would never entertain the concept!!!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 1, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #2

    To be honest I would love to watch Pearson kick the shit out of Colo and Sissoko after another poor performance !!

    He had Leicester playing amazing football all of last season although at the start they were not getting the results but by the end they were unreal to watch

    He has an eye for a player at crazy prices I mean Vardy and Mahrez for 1.4 million combined !!!

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Dec 1, 2015 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #3

    i think pearson would be a good stop gap and keep us up. It would be great to see him WHIP these fools into shape. hes not a long term solution though

  • cyprus

    Dec 1, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorry Ed my man
    Disagree once more. We’ve gone down the line of the type of manager who will instil discipline. e.g. Sounness was the initiator of ‘leading’ this superteam to mediocrity and the lowest of expectations. We got rid of your Bartons (Shearer mgr?) etc. and it didn’t work.

    Now, this Pearson’s record at Leicester is impressive. Not because of the toughness but the football.

    We need a coach who will inspire the players, individually and as a team. To make them believe. To want to be here, not as a stepping stone, but because it’s a great club. A sleeping giant, to quote Laudrup.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 1, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Bet Ashley’s kicking himself when he sees these sort of deals taking place ( and no we’re not changing the strip to red by the way )

    They could easily have afforded NUFC, had change to spare and had a much bigger club to invest in….

    Manchester City’s parent company has been valued at $3bn (£2bn) after selling a 13% stake, worth £265m, to a consortium of Chinese investors.
    City Football Group (CFG) has sold the stake to CMC (China Media Capital) and investment company Citic Capital.
    It comes after six months of talks and is aimed at expanding CFG’s interests in the Chinese football industry.
    New shares will be issued in CFG in addition to those held by its owner, Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG).
    Chinese state visit
    CFG is an investment and development company which is privately owned by Sheikh Mansour of the Abu Dhabi royal family. It also includes New York City FC, Melbourne City FC and Yokohama Marinos.
    The move will offer the chance for Man City and the other group clubs to grow a fan base in East Asia, where there is huge competition between top clubs in Europe, and beyond, to build up supporter numbers.
    The ultimate aim is to turn those football fans into customers of club products and services too.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Dec 1, 2015 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #6

    The only good news is Williamson back. Only reason why I’m happy it’s because it could mean colo is dropped.

    Can’t believe we are actually recalling willo to save us. Unbelievable how far we’ve fallen but that’s another topic.

    Right now, I’d take anyone to replace colo. How on earth was he captain I don’t know. When all the players see our captain putting in shi* performance what kind of message does it send to the team.

    Colo poor leadership and very poor performance are the reason why we are in relegation. He needs to take a chunk of the blame. Mclaren for not dropping him until now is also unbelievable. Single biggest weakness.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 1, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #7

    From a Derby fan on the Chronicle site:

    As a Derby fan, I am following McClaren’s failure at Newcastle with a lot of interest. A couple of points in this article should be clarified:

    1. Derby’s squad is not the same as last season – we have spent a lot of money and brought in some good championship players with the likes of Carson, Johnson and Butterfield. Also, at the end of last season, we had an injury-blighted squad with top scorer Chris Martin out, as well as key player George Thorne.

    2. The end of last season was disastrous, but the slide only occurred once the Ginger Judas had been linked to the Newcastle job. Before that we were top of the league and playing great football. However, his head was turned at the prospect of a move to a bigger club and he lost the plot.

    All that being said, he is an absolute joke – I only wish that if you were to sack him, he would get nothing. Instead he’ll walk away richer still. You deserve better.

  • cyprus

    Dec 1, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Disagree with your singular assessment. Janm has been poorer and so has Dummett and even Mbemba has been weaker than his usual. Our MF, Siss and Wini, have been poor, as have our forwards. He can’ be blamed for all that mess.

    The team has massively declined in the last couple games. They don’t seem motivated OR a team. Steve and the kid are surely at the epicentre. And Carr, if this expensive team is really sxxxxe.

  • cyprus

    Dec 1, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #9

    The club’s statement was more substantive than appears, I think. It said, when we are clearly in relegation trouble we’ll fire his axx. It may be too little too late by then but I get it.

    There are 72 points to play for, we should not be panicking.

    See Pearson’t interviews, after every loss. Then they went on that amazing run.

    So: interpretation. Steve has the next 2-4 games to turn it around. If he won’t his axx is grass.

  • martoon

    Dec 1, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #10

    I have to say I think Pearson would be a good short term fix. We need a battler to get us out of relegation trouble – we could always offer him a contract to the end of the season and see how he does.

  • Mag52

    Dec 1, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Lee Charnley B P.

    Problem is that Pearson would not be choosing who comes into the club would he, unless Ashley puts the manager back into buying the players he needs.
    Could this happen ? Maybe, if the situation is dire enough.
    As for Willo, whatever else he does, he’ll give us 90 minutes of effort.

  • John Tudor

    Dec 1, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #12

    and a sending off lol

  • bettyswallocks

    Dec 1, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #13

    People were clamouring for Remi Garde before we got McClaren. He’s hardly set Villa alight as yet.

    The problem with our club is far more deep rooted than just the manager. I actually think McC is realising what he’s up against now. He may be not the best manager in the league but he’s got plenty of knowledge and experience.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 1, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Mediocre manager that won’t change a thanks!!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 1, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #15


    Villa are run just as bad as us to be fair they operate the exact way that we do its no coincidence both are bottom of the league !!!

    Maybe Garde would be better with a pre season and 50 million spent ?

    Neither him or Mclaren would be anywhere near my first choice but I doubt Ashley would go for the type of manager that we all know that we need !!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Why are we always linked with brit deadbeats although in this case pearson could be just what we need

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #17

    An enigma of an owner?

    Funniest thing I’ve heard all week that.

    More like a cnut of an owner.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Reluctant to spend again ? Would not surprise me bet Ashley thought 50 million would be enough for us to coast for 1 or 2 seasons while he keeps the rest of the money !!

    Mclaren better ring the changes on Sunday I cant take Sissoko and Colo pulling out of challenges in another game for the Toon

  • jane

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #19

    is this because of my posts yesterday? 😉

    “Steve has the next 2-4 games to turn it around.” that’s about it.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Please cross Moyes off that list ( same old story)

    Definitely cross Uncle Albert ( sorry Uncle Harry ) off the list – let him retire gracefully in his south coast condominium

    Rodgers – needs a longer break away for the game

    Sherwood – let him go to Forest

    Pearson – might actually be a good fit

    Seedorf – Fulham think he’s the man for them. Why isn’t he on the betting radar – perhaps he has good outside odds – can someone check ?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Can anyone see us winning say 7 more games and drawing a couple?

    Currently the only team we look capable of beating are Villa

    What a turnaround from a couple of games ago where if Colo had not have been sent off we would have beat the Mackems comfortably and with better finishing spanked Stoke ….

    Small margins in football !!

  • stephen1971

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #22

    please santa, bail us out, your our only hope, nothing will save us with the sh##e we,ve got , i,d rather see us in conference and putting a good effort in weekly under a new owner than watch this dribble weekly, everyone at the club should hang their heads in shame, its disgracful

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Seedorf wasn’t a failure at AC Milan check his actual win ratio if he had been in charge the whole season they would have got Champions League

    Only left because he was not going to be a yes man which rules him out of our job because Ashley loves a yes man!!

  • BandB

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #24

    If we collect the 1.16 points per Premiership game we have averaged during Ashley’s reign we will reach 38 points.
    Job done and the reason there’s “no panic” at the club.
    If we lose the next two games, 1.16 points for the remaining games will bring us 35 points, and likely relegation.
    The 1,16 point average includes those two top 10 finishes in eight seasons.
    They could well make a decision based on the figures, as they always seem to.

  • BandB

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #25

    He’s a question for those top journo’s to put to Charnley next time he’s giving them the skinny,
    Does the club have a Plan B in place in the event of McClaren tendering his relegation?

  • BandB

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Freudian slip.

  • bladeuser

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #27

    so now some bloggers r happy with pearson for manager and some r glad willo is back for me it only confirms that some of u lot r the thickest bunch of brain dead football fans I will ever encounter u r beyond help and you and Nufc go together like a hand and glove
    Willo Out

  • lesh

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Ah, so it appears that Charnley’s got the message about bringing Prem experienced players in?

    However, I’m not sure he has – we don’t really need those that weren’t deemed good enough back though!

    Wonder if it’s occurred to Charnley that our current plight might just be down to him and Carr? I doubt it and can’t understand how they can go along with Ashley’s SD model of minimum overheads, minimum spend.

    And how the hell does Ashley not see that under the right management at all levels, some serious investment would lead to far greater returns? Could it be that he’s taking his football-related advice from the Muppets who have and continue to take the Club to depths it’ll be hard to recover from.

    He needs somebody like True Geordie to embrace him and gently pass on some of his well chosen words of advice. A few kindly delivered words might just help him see the folly of his ways over the last shambolic eight years!

  • JamesToon

    Dec 1, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #29

    Just watched true geordie on youtube and he thinks Brendan Rodgers should replace mcclaren, opinions on this?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 1, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Would also not surprise me if Ashley still takes footballing advice from Wise and Kinnear they were just hung out to dry publicly but got a nice bit of coin for doing so and still do some “Consulting” work for big Mike …..

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Dec 1, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #31


    In many ways Rodgers would be perfect for us but not sure he can deal with a relegation battle would have been better to get him in during the summer there if Klopp had moved earlier

    I reckon Armstrong would be playing up front for us with Perez playing some slick football if Rodgers was in charge

  • DENIro

    Dec 1, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #32


  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 1, 2015 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #33

    there’s only 3 brits I’d give the time of day to: Clement, Howe and Rodgers.

    Moyes is another backward step. they hated him in equal measure in manchester and Spain

  • hibbitt

    Dec 1, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #34

    rotonda………. not sure your right one half of manchester loved him

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2015 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #35

    So according to the newspapers should McClaren fail we will get yet another underwhelming British manager?


  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 1, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Our worries are over mates! Willo is coming back to save us!! This is the kind of news we need. Just think…. Willo and Colo back together again. Huzzah!!!!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 1, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #37

    …lets hope he doesn’t fail then!

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 1, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Nice one!

  • Roosta

    Dec 1, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Mr owner, you employed Lee Charnley, who apparently employed Mclaren, it seems to me the continual choices made by our chairman are wrong virtually every time, i really do think this fella needs to either stand down or be sacked.

    We lost 8/10 at the end of the 2013/2014 season, we lost 9/11 at the end of last season, and we we have already lost 8 this season, its beyond comical this club, heads have to roll i know its hard folk loosing their jobs, but its a shambles.

  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 1, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #40

    Well now that Willo is coming back we can make wor plans for where we’ll finish the season in the Prem. Hmmmm. I fancy 8th place. Too low to get into Europa but high enough that the fans will be satisfied and pleased and beg Mike for more…..


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