Working for NUFC owner Mike Ashley sounds about as appealing as welding your testicles to the kitchen table before repeatedly hitting them with a hammer.
But the usual motley crew of a ‘sexy’ but unproven foreign coach, dubious Geordie ‘hero’ and ‘cheap and available’ out of work jobbers make up the latest list in Paddy Power’s next Newcastle United manager betting.
It’s hard to believe that Alan Pardew lasted five years at the ‘wee club in the North East’. But his exit strategy of elder abuse, head-butting opposition players and overseeing schizophrenic league form finally paid off when an even more desperate Crystal Palace forked out the £2m compo to end his – and the Newcastle United’s fans – nightmare on Tyneside.
With five months of the season to go, Ashley can either make a bold statement and appoint a manager who will finally deliver some silverware to St James’ Park for one of the most loyal sets of supporters in the English game. Or he could appoint Tim Sherwood.
Either way, we’ve gone through the pros and cons of some of the alternative candidates (below) as the Magpies look to appoint their eighth manager since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked 12 years into the Premier League era.
Former Lyon coach Remi Garde head the market at (5/4 favourite) if NUFC decide to continue their love affair with all things French while current caretaker manager John Carver (5/2) may be left in place until the end of the season.
It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it. Right?
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