Next Newcastle Manager Odds - 29/04/20

Rafa Benitez Newcastle

Newcastle United's takeover

The long-awaited takeover of Newcastle United looks imminent. PCP Paterners have agreed to take over the club, according to multiple sources, ending Mike Ashley's 13-year reign.

Although it seems as if the Saudi-backed deal will go through, there could still be weeks left until the takeover is complete, with the £300m deal not quite as simple as exchanging a player.

The Saudi fund (PIF), controlled by Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will hold 80 per cent of the club shares, whilst the billionaire Reuben brothers and Amanda Staveley of PCP Partners will hold 10 per cent of the shares - the latter is thought to be the key in the running of the club and getting this deal done.

Staveley has been spotted at St. James Park since 2017, when Ashley admitted his intentions to sell the club. Failed bids have since happened each year, but now it seems as if the wait is finally over for Newcastle fans.

The Ashley era looks done and dusted. But this means significant changes at the club, and nobody will be at risk more than Steve Bruce.

The Geordie is not quite thought of as an elite manager, rather than that of a Premier League relegation fighter; he could be first out the door, as a result.

Let's take a look at who is the favourite at the helm for the Magpies once this deal goes through.

Mauricio Pochettino the favourite for Newcastle

Rafael Benitez's history with Liverpool makes him such a sensible option when considering bringing in a boss to rocket you up the league and claim some silverware. Liverpool have claimed only a Champions League and a League Cup since Benitez left in 2009, whilst the club slipped into a 7th, 6th, 8th and 7th placed finished over the next four seasons, immediately following his departure.

However, it's Mauricio Pochettino who is the new man these days and the Argentine is a clear favourite for the job at Newcastle, with a price of EVENS. With regards to league positions, both managers boast similar statistics, as the former Spurs boss has finished outside the top four just once in five seasons with the Lilywhites.

Pochettino's controversial dismissal from the club in November has attracted the biggest names out there, which initially made this one a tough bet - United remain the favourites for him at 3/10, whilst there are a variety of other elite clubs keeping tabs on him as well.

However, Sky Sports report that the new owners are set to offer Pochettino £19m a year to have him at the helm of this climb up to Europe and have put the 48-year-old as their number one target.

At odds of EVENS for the ex-Spurs man to be the Magpies' next boss, this one is surely the next job for him, as United look to keep Solskjaer on their books, instead of Poch. No doubt he'll be on the wish list of many inside St. James Park, whilst it makes complete sense from the new owners' point of view.

If Pochettino can reach a Champions League final and fight for titles on a budget at Spurs, just imagine what he could do with a blank cheque in the North East.

Rafa Benitez Newcastle Odds

Just behind Pochettino is former Newcastle boss, Rafael Benitez. Out of all the managers come and gone in the Ashley era, the Spaniard is one of those who is fondly remembered.

Whilst his name is attached to the relegation in 2015-16, when Benitez was appointed in March 2016, the damage was already done by Steve McClaren, who had put one foot in the second tier by that point.

A 5-1 victory with 10 men over title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur on the final day created the loudest roar of the year at St. James Park that season, as the fans began to hope of a successful Benitez era.

The former Liverpool man would go onto claim immediate promotion, narrowly beating Brighton & Hove Albion to the Championship title with 94 points. Once back in the Premier League, Benitez led the Magpies to their second joint-best finish of the decade, ending the season in 10th after a late show of incredible form.

A year later, the now adored manager at St. James Park earned the most points of a Newcastle side since 2014, keeping them up with ease in 2018-19. Sadly for the black and white faithful, Benitez would depart at the end of this season, which only further justified the mess Ashley was creating.

Benitez claimed it was a lack of trust at the helm that forced him towards the wealthy payments of Chinese football, and the 59-year-old has been with Dalian Professional ever since.

It was once again a showing of poor judgement and typical selfishness from the Newcastle owner. Letting such a high profile manager depart so easily has only ramped up the hate towards the directors' box.

The club have been in relegation battles ever since, the attendance has decreased, and the boos have echoed. Now, it seems as if the club have their eyes set on bringing back the man they never should have let go.

It's simple, with investment, Benitez is the man to take Newcastle back up the table, as he proved by a 10th placed finish with very little to work with. At odds of 10/3 he is a strong contender.

Massimiliano Allegri Newcastle Odds

Massimiliano Allegri has been linked to almost every gargantuan club ever since he departed Juventus in 2019, and justifiably so. The Italian recorded a staggering 2.27 points per match during his five years with the Old Lady, effortlessly winning the Serie A title in each of his five seasons, as well as four Italian Cups in a row from 2014 to 2018.

Whilst Allegri's attention might be turned to potential roles with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain - where he is the 6/4 favourite - the 52-year-old will surely be on the new owners' list.

After also winning a league title with AC Milan in 2011, Allegri managed to win six out of the 10 Serie A titles in the last decade, with two different clubs. Indeed, the job at Juventus is a doable one for most managers, as they win the league with ease most seasons. Although, his title-winning campaign with Milan remains the last for a team that isn't the Turin side, which proves his adjustability.

At 10/1, the serial winner is an outsider to take the helm at St. James Park. However, Benitez is no guarantee to join, with such incredible wages in China perhaps on his mind instead. At the same time, PSG seem relatively satisfied with Thomas Tuchel, whilst other managerial jobs like Manchester United's could be off the table for Allegri.

Don't rule this move out.

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Outside odds for Newcastle's next manager

Steven Gerrard is next on the list for the next Newcastle boss, but at 25/1, it remains a serious doubt. Gerrard has had a topsy-turvy time at Rangers in what is his first managerial job. Whilst he has taken the club to a better place than previous managers, without winning the SPFL title back from Celtic, any manager is a failure, no matter how narrow the margin.

In truth, although a Premier League job seems inevitable for the Anfield legend, just like what happened with Frank Lampard, this one is too soon and perhaps not the calibre the owners desire.

Another outside price is Kevin Keegan. The ex-Newcastle boss most likely makes his way onto this odds list based on his link with the club, taking the manager role twice already during the Premier League era. Keegan famously finished second in two consecutive seasons back in the 90s, which remains, by a distance, Newcastle's best-ever finishes in the Premier League.

The Englishman did retake the role back again in 2008, but, once again, tensions began to rise between himself and the owners, with yet another refusal from the man with the money to back the manager. Keegan would resign in September that year, stating "a manager must have the right to manage and that clubs should not impose upon any manager any player that he does not want." This turned out to be yet another Ashley disaster and Keegan is 25/1 to make a third return to Newcastle, with potentially new owners.

Other outsiders:

Sean Dyche - 50/1

Roberto Martinez - 50/1

Eddie Howe - 50/1

Arsene Wenger - 50/1

Diego Simeone - 50/1

Jose Mourinho - 66/1

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