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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

  • Shearer's the man

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #121

    Coppell left Palace in October 1996 to become manager of Manchester City, a job that he would quit after only six games and 33 days in charge. He cited the pressure of the job as his reason[1] for leaving the club.

    Wouldn’t last 33 hours in charge of our madhouse!

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #122

    GINOLA FOR MANAGER lol

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  • cooldj

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #123

    Les Reed?

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  • Shearer's the man

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #124

    I wasn’t keen on Van Gaal as he hasn’t done anything for 10 years, including managing the rare feat of not getting Holland qualified for a world cup finals. Then I read Tim Krul’s Van Gaal interview and now I’m certain I don’t want him. He sounds like the dutch Gordon Lee!

    “Players count for nothing, the team is everything. I set more store by a player’s character than by his on-field qualities”. No thanks!

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  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #125

    I agree, Coppell is a good manager but SJP would stress him out too much. He’s not ready for such a massive job.

    Quique Flores – sacked on Monday and looking for a top job. Finished 3rd in first year with Valencia and 4th in second year. Mainly because he bought very well. Was released because of failure to progress in Champions League. But this is someone Real Madrid believe will one day coach their team. He is only 41 and speaks fluent english. Likes football to be played fast and on the floor.

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  • cooldj

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #126

    black and white blood.

    the problem with long posts is that no-one can ever be bothered to read them. ever.

    short sharp and to the point 😉

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  • Shearer's the man

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #127

    So Mike, I know you’re meeting up with Alan tomorrow night at Heathrow as you fly in from Japantoon and Alan flies in from Barbadostoon. Just make sure you get the contract signed before Wednesday night as we’re gonna need all the help we can get….

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  • Graham

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #128

    Joe – I can see it now… Tino sitting at the managers desk, huge cigar in one hand, .44 magnum in the other, a couple of lines of coke on the desk. Now thats just what we need to sort this mess out!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #129

    sacked on monday? He was sacked about a month and a half ago.

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  • cooldj

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #130

    ginola? yeah he’s worth it.

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  • Greg B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #131

    Joe and Liam Ive been banging on about KETSBAIA for manager!! Won league and cups in Cyprus and also took them to the Champions league – he is treated like a God in Cyprus (see youtube).
    Whilst not being totally serious I think he would do better than half the names being banded about, McClaren, Bruce for instance!
    Shearer’s the Man – totally agree with you on that point, Coppell couldnt handle it at City, like you say how in the world would he cope up here!!

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  • Graham

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #132

    Seriously though, i agree with Ed on post 34. In fact I heard exactly that from the editor of a fanzine at the weekend.

    Yes its speculation, but i hope that things start to move tomorrow when Shearer returns from his hols. You never know, we might even get an unvailing on Wednesday night…

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  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #133

    Anyone else think Quique is worth a shot?

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #134

    we need a manager by tommorow please mike the transfer window is slipping away

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #135

    James – No

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #136

    i can not beleive that anyone wants poxy van gal – his is pants. he has had a charisma by-pass, he openly admits that he cares more for determitation of an individual over ability – i disagree, look at robbie savage, he is shit but runs everywhere. he will be terrible for us. besides, he is on the verge of getting sacked himself – lost 9 out 0f 24 this season or some shit like that – oh yeah, a real top manager. anyone who wants him can not be a geordie at HEART. while i’m on a role, hughes is even frigging worse. we have to get shearer and a-n-other. its right what everyone else says, he is too big a name for any manager to cope with. shearer has to come in and give it a try cos his very name is like a monkey on the back of every manager that comes in – other than………a few special ones, king kev or jose himself. either one of those would be great. jose would get us the wins but in a dour fashion, kk would get more wins that losses but it would be great.

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  • Graham

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #137

    James – to be fair I only watch Spanish football if Barcelona are playing, but the bits i have seen of valencia have been pretty impressive.

    However, I know it sounds corny but i think that in order to restore the lost confidence and pride in our team – we could really do with some local influences (is it me or do i sound like Freddy Shepherd – 11 geordies and all that crap)

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  • Greg B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #138

    Quique Flores, yes, whilst I have heard of him I didnt know he was available. After reading up on him Id be all for him taking charge – sounds like he has his head screwed on and has a decent track record, well an excellent track record compared with some of the other ‘candidates’.

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  • Shearer's the man

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #139

    Forget about the transfer window. This season is a dead loss anyway. Money spent in January is invariably a waste of money (spend in haste….repent at leisure and all that!). Alan will come in, get to know the current squad, most of them will be a different proposition palaying under a new (non-long ball, non-defensive style) and will steady the ship and decide how to spend the money in the summer when players are more freely available and not priced at a kings ransome.

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  • cooldj

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #140

    look if we’re gonna appoint a crap manager we may as well appoint a hot woman.

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  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #141

    When Ashley took over in the summer he knew damn well who he would want in charge in an ideal world. He has never said who that person is. But I’ve always believed it was Keegan, hence the 40-1 wager last week. I’m not saying its the right choice. But I do feel it has always been Ashley’s number 1.

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  • cooldj

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #142

    denise richards?

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  • Adrian Swall

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #143

    H from steps?

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  • Graham

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #144

    Craig – even Jose would live in Shearers shadow. Its an awful thing to say but the man has become too big an influence over all of us.

    Footballer, yes, but theres no other club in europe who would name a bar within the ground after a (then) current player. If Shearer does come, he will undoubtedly need help and guidance over the first 2-3 years, and while i agree that you should never go back in life, Kevin Keegan is the perfect piece in the jigsaw for Shearer to take full control in 3 years time – hell, we can even have another testimonial for Keegan at the end – helicopters and all!

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  • cooldj

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #145

    wasn’t that a dude?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #146

    Peggy Mitchell – Shes got the experience.

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  • Wynn the leap

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #147

    kevin’s chopper

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  • Black and White Blood

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #148

    cooldj thanks for tip..!

    Ok you lot which manager..? no reasons just a name…

    I’ll start

    KEVIN KEEGAN

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #149

    Keegan, Shearer as assistant.

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  • cooldj

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #150

    tom toon i just lost my apetite

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  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #151

    Greg B – If Shearer had proved he had the talent of Flores, it would be Shearer’s job hands down.

    But none of the top draw world class managers would come to Newcastle right now. There’s too much to fix.

    So why not go for the next generation of world class managers. Ten years from now Flores will be managing Real Madrid in the Champions League, and we’ll be saying we could have had him first.

    He’s available, cheap, talented, a very good record in the transfer market including poaching youngsters from real madrid’s academy.

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  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #152

    Black and white blood – Quique Flores

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  • cooldj

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #153

    honestly I’ve said Jose all along but Kevin could work. It’s such a gamble but i’m coming round to the dream team idea.

    (can we fit bobby or les (ferdinand not reed) in there too)!!

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #154

    hey, ashley might have sacked sam to make some money aswell as getting rid of him cos we were doing shite. imagine if he banged a million quid on keegan himself – knowing full well he was going to give him the job. hey presto – 40 million in the bank!
    but yes, keegan and shearer are the right team. there’s a very good article about us just gone online with the daily mail. everyone should read it and then tell me that keegan would not be right for the club. history does sometimes repet itself and it does sometimes work.

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  • Greg B

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #155

    James – good point.

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  • Wynn the leap

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #156

    oh. oh. and gazza and lee clark and the waddler. This is getting dafter

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #157

    denis richards is just a piss take, there is no way she would be as good as ant and dec.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #158

    fk that, we’ll have bill n’ ben while we are at it!

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  • cooldj

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #159

    personally i’m not attracted to ant or dec but we can continue this conversation on the NEW ARTICLE!!!!!

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  • James

    Jan 14, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #160

    Lots of football people have talked about David Villa and the attacking play of Valencia with Villa as the spearhead – well who do you think got them playing like that and brought Villa to the fore – Quique Flores.

    This is a man who said he wants his teams to play like Real Madrid of the 60s. Fast and on the floor. Of course it is still a gamble. But he has more talent than Harry, Hughes, or Jol.

    The problem with Keegan is that he is the past. Shearer is too far in the future (ten years from now). We need someone who is the next generation of talent and is available now. Quique Flores is the man for Newcastle.

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