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Keegan New Favorite for Newcastle Manager



Here are the latest odds on who is being backed with real money to become the next Newcastle manager. This is from William Hill’s and is the latest betting taken right from their web page.

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Mike Ashley – we think he will make choice within 48 hours

Here’s the latest betting on the Newcastle manager:

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Kevin Keegan 6/4

In the last 24 hours Kevin Keegan has come on strong after saying he would neither rule himself out or rule himself in. But he hasn’t turned down the opportunity flat, which is good for most Geordie fans. He has now been installed as the favorite overtaking Mark Hughes.

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Mark Hughes 5/2

Wouldn’t be a popular or exciting choice for Newcastle fans, but he’s looked a solid and good manager at Blackburn and Wales, and will only get better with more experience.

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Alan Shearer 4/1

Apparently Chris Mort called Alan on his vacation in Barbados last Thursday just to let him know the situation and he said they weren’t thinking of Alan at this time. However, he may be willing to link up with King Kev initially at St. James’ Park so he learn the ropes a little – say for a couple of years. Would Bobby Robson be able to act as Shearer’s mentor if Alan took the job himself?

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Gerard Houllier 7/1

We think Gerard is definitely the dark horse. He has a good record at both Liverpool and Lyon, and he could do a job at Newcastle. Watch out for Gerrard because he could come through and be the surprise choice. We think he would be a good choice at this time.

Steve Bruce and Martin Jol are joint in 5th place at 10-1. Harry Redknapp is next at 12-1 and Jose Mouinho has been cut to 16-1 in 8th place.

Mike Ashley returns from the Pacific Rim tomorrow and he could be able to arrive back in Newcastle late tomorrow morning. There would be plenty of time to meet with whomever is his choice for new manager. So we’re sure the press will be trying to find out where the candidates are situated tomorrow.

We expect a new manager between now and the start of the game against Stoke City on Wednesday evening. That’s the latest we have on the manger front, with definite movement by Kevin Keegan.

To get the very latest on Hill’s betting odds on the Newcastle manager go here

Then goto the very bottom and click on Manager Markets.

If that doesn’t work put this into your web browser – http://www.willhill.com/iibs/EN/allsportsandcoupons.asp?sport=FB – then goto the very bottom and click on Manager Markets.

You can then keep up with any wild shifts in the betting. 😀

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


177 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #81

    STEVE COPPELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I kid you not……..

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  • Tom Cairns

    Jan 14, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #82

    Go for Shearer and Keegan as assistant. Ive given up giving a constructive argument but all you need to know is they both have the passion to take us where we want along with unrivalled knowledge of football and our club itself.

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  • carl

    Jan 14, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #83

    i dont think so hammy

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  • Hammy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #84

    Check out the odds……

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  • Hammy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #85

    Don’t say you weren’t warned…..

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  • broontoon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #86

    Fantastic if it is Coppell.

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #87

    Hammy-
    I’m suspecting you are a rogue Sunderland fan sent to drive us to dispair!
    It can’t be true. It must not be true.
    It probably bloody is true.
    No- it’s not.

    Where is this inside information from?
    Inside your own head I hope.
    You are officially a disturberer(?) of the peace!

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  • Hammy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #88

    Friend of mine has links with Pop Robson……
    it’s nailed on…..

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #89

    We have a leaky defence at the best of times- so it would make sense to hire a manager whose side have conceded more goals than I’ve had hot dinners.

    Balderdash and piffle!

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  • Hammy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #90

    I’m off to invest some cash…..

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  • Tommyy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #91

    Lol i bet my left hand hammy is wrong.

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  • Andreas

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #92

    James, your credibility have decreased somewhat since you stated that Shearer was a done deal after the Manc game (and you said the source was a mate inside StJ’s) – if they don’t present him tomorrow at the latest.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #93

    If its Coppell im very happy.

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #94

    Good luck!

    I’ll hold on to my pennies on that one- don’t put to much on because I’m really hoping you’ll lose!

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  • jimmer

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #95

    mcliesh!

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  • jimmer

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #96

    whilst everyone is talking shite

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  • luke

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #97

    my uncle’s best friend’s dog-walker’s neighbour has inside info… it’s dave andy gray supported by monkey man keyes. nailed on!

    ‘cock’

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #98

    A senior source at St James’ Park maintained yesterday that Redknapp was “never the only name in the frame” to succeed Allardyce. “There is a difference between a job interview and a job offer,” the source said. “We have spoken to more than one person and we will be speaking to more people this week and it won’t be narrowed down to these shores.”

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/newcastle/article3182549

    I know it’s from a previous post but I think it’s so interesting, from the times and would like to hear what u think.

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  • GraemeR

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #99

    hammy – is a hammer

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  • scotty

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #100

    remember when Souness was given the job? He wasn’t even listed at any bookies!

    So i wouldn’t read too much in to what the media are showing us.

    one thing for sure, i hope MA will make a toilet stop in Portugal tomorrow 😉

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  • Dave Atkinson

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #101

    HAMMY – keep ’em coming (the wisecreacks, that is). I haven’t laughed out loud on a Toon site for ages – until now!

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #102

    van gal has managed proven teams when he would have always had a good chance. managing ajax is like managing either celtic or rangers in jockland – so forget about the dutch crap. then what have you got, oh yeah, barca-fing-lona, christ, i reckon even souness might have been able to get something out of them. besides, bobby robson had a much more acomplished cv, he was the dogs gonads everywhere he went.. and he is a geordie………and he himself did not get to he dizzy hights of KK either. Infact i think that it is fair to say that we have been in a very slow decline ever since KK left us. So for me lads, i would be thrilled if he came ‘home’, its where is heart is and its also where our heart is too. we need people with big hearts and alot of pride to run our team. what all of these other managers (other than sir bob) just did not get, was the way we are about our footy. they just didn’t get us or take the time to get into our hearts. they were great men really, daglish, souness, guillet, sam, all top blokes in their own right – they could not get it right though. they all thought that they could come in, win some games, spend shit loads of money and that’ll be it. well, we aint chelski, we aint fair weather supporters. we aint prawn sandwich eaters like manure either. we aint like the makens (half as many people going when they play bad).. we are geordies, there is no-one else like us anywhere in the footballing world. i want keegan back, we need him and we need his passion and sheer honesty… cumon lads, have you all forgotten…..have you ever seen another manager cry for his team in an interview (i’d just love it if we beat them). how can anyone not want him, christ, tell me where he si and i would drive up there and get on my hands and knees to him in person. of course king kevs strong points can also be his achilles heel, his passion makes him crack……….well, thats where shearer comes in. he has balls of steel and the pair would be brilliant, we all want it really, some are just a bit scared to risk it………we might not win em all, but f@@k, we’d play with passion and flair.

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  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #103

    Andreas – you must have me mixed up with someone else. I have never thought it was going to be Shearer. From day one I said it would be Keegan and even put £10 on it at 40-1 on Weds last week.

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  • carl

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #104

    got to admit i have not got a clue what to expect at this moment in time

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  • Jinal

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #105

    I’ll chop my balls off if hammy is right

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  • Dave Atkinson

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #106

    Carl – thanks for your insight buddy!

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  • Rob

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #107

    If Ashley is going to give the next manager big money, then we certainly need to install someone used to buying players succesfully for more than 10 million.
    Imagine theres a lot of presure not only having the balls to buy but to manage them after you have paid that much for a player.
    Smaller managers used to bargins and small time players keep away. The onlt way we can compete atthe top is to styart buying the best

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  • scotty

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #108

    Rob – good point there, i agree

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  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #109

    Anybody think Ashley will now go after Rafa? He’s gonna be pushed out of Anfield shortly from all reports.

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #110

    I’ve np doubt that should KK make an emotional return to SJP there would be must rejoicing.
    Remember though we are no longer in the position to buy the worlds most expensive players- Warren Barton was formerly the most expensive defender on the planet.
    Back then, you got a lot of player for 15m- the modern equivilent would be four times that.

    Sure KK would know what to do with Milner and Zog though!
    The defence we have now, is better than Peacock et al- so who knows, we may be able to get away with 3-3 draws at Anfield rather than conceding the last minute!

    Still drawn to Van Gaal.

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  • carl

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #111

    cant believe liverpool admitted to speaking to klinssman

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  • cooldj

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #112

    look why don’t we all just pack up, fans club players stadium and move down to london. then mourinho would come. we could stay a couple of games and then we could just transport everything back.

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  • UTD111

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #113

    Ed – you didn’t say…..what price are Ant & Dec now?

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #114

    Keegan – No other contender in my humble opinion!

    Unlike most other clubs, most managers up hear don’t appear to be able to adjust easily, regardless of pedigree. Not because a lack of ability, but rather, pressures sustained from local Acid media and fans alike. Let’s be honest, Dalgleish had won the Premier league, Gullit FA Cup, Robson too much experience to list and Souness a trophy at every club he managed with the exception of Southampton – Ok Roeder and Allardyce should never have been considered yet alone appointed.

    Nevertheless, every manager appointed since Keegan has at some point encountered a section of fans turn on them with poisonous venom. An awful lot of fans fail to recall Dyer refusing to play on the right side; comments were rife that Robson had lost control of the dressing room, questioning whether he was too old and if it was time for him to go. No I’m not having a go at the fans; I agree, it is you and I who fork out hard earned cash for season tickets year after year, therefore entitled to such opinions. However, I am trying to emphasise the importance and role fans play up here in the North, people down south just don’t understand or have the same affinity to a football club as we do up here. Who ever we appoint, it will be mandatory that they posses one distinguishable ability more than any other and that is the ability to whip the city into a frenzy of excitement, as Keegan did in the 90’s. He wore his heart and colours on his sleeve every day. Such passion provided fans with a confidence, a belief you could argue. You could witness this confidence transferred from the 38,000+ fans packed into St James onto the players each Saturday afternoon. I don’t think there are many managers that are capable of doing that, can anyone imagine Huges, Houllier or even Van Gaal..? How many managers would feel a sincere need to stand at the top steps and explain their reasons for selling a player..? No I thought not, that’s a man who cares about the club, that’s all the fans expect!

    Furthermore, we all remember the style in which we played with under Keegan, such flair and panache, quick attacking football. To be honest it doesn’t matter who gets the job they will be compared to KK, therefore why not take a chance and install Keegan with Shearer. Surely this would promote long-term stability. And if for some unforeseeable reason it did not work out, at least fans would be in a position to progress from what was termed the Keegan era, effectively lifting a weight from the club! Personally I am of the opinion that such a partnership would be a very successful one, for that reason come on Mike please bring back King Kev

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  • Jamie G

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #115

    i agree with craig chisolm, i’m from “jockland” lol but im a die hard magpie and im warming to keegan, i started supporting the club when he was there. i was only 5, but im 17 now and lived through dissasapointment after dissapointment (apart from sir bobby) and i just think it would be such a romantic appointment, especially if Big Al came into the backroom staff, it would give the place such a lift, and maybe teams (including the top 4) will start to fear playing newcastle again. Howay the Lads

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  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #116

    Quique Flores – available and technically very clever. Used to be at Valencia. A very good manager. Think of Mourinho and Rafa a few years ago before they came here.

    He used to manage the Real Madrid youth team, then went on to manage Getafe and took them to the cup final. Then got the Valencia job and took them back into the Champions League.

    Although Spanish he is fluent in English.

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  • dylan2k7

    Jan 14, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #117

    keegan has apparently quit his football circus thing according to somone on the evening chronicle forum

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  • Hammy

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #118

    Steve Coppell….

    League Manager of the Year 2006

    League Manager of the Year 2007

    Next Newcastle Manager

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  • joe

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #119

    Tino Asprilla for manager.

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #120

    Hey dylan2k7 – I was of the impression that he owned it..! I’ve a feeling it’s someone trying to stir things up a little – I’m all for that if it brings back King Kev

    Hammy – remember Man City…? Although I agree a good manager, but he doesn’t fill me full of emotion and excitment!

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