Newcastle United are on the lookout for a new manager having mutually terminated Steve Bruce’s contract at St James’ Park following his 1,000th game as a manager which resulted in a 3-2 loss to Tottenham Hotspur. The former Manchester United defender’s job became very insecure following Mike Ashley’s sale of the club to the Saudi Arabia Public Investment and it felt an inevitability that he would be replaced, despite keeping Newcastle in the Premier League in back-to-back seasons with a limited budget.
Next Newcastle United Manager Odds
Next Newcastle United Manager Odds
Paulo Fonseca Odds: 4/6
Paulo Fonseca is the current bookies favourite to get the vacant managerial role at St James’ Park.
The 48-year-old recently left AS Roma which was his 11th job since 2007, having also managed the likes of FC Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk. Fonseca’s best spell as a manager came between 2016 and 2019 where he won three league titles managing Shakhtar, which was somewhat of a rebuild in his career, having only won the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira in 2013 with Porto following a 57% win percentage.
Fonseca’s second spell at Braga where he led them to a Taca de Portugal in the 2015/16 season lead him to the Shakhtar job. At Roma, Fonseca had a 52% win percentage having won 53 of his 102 games in charge, before leaving at the end of last season after a seventh-place finish, as two-place regression from his first campaign at the Stadio Olimpico club.
Lucien Favre Odds: 7/2
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre is next up on this list at the price of 5/1 following Bruce’s exit from Newcastle.
Favre managed Dortmund for two seasons between May 2018 and December 2020, with a 62% win percentage, having won 68 of 110 matches in charge of the Black and Yellows. The 63-year-old is known for developing young talents, having done so with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Achraf Hakimi in recent years.
The Swiss manager may not have a CV full of glittering successes in terms of trophies, but, he has done a good job wherever he has been, winning the Swiss Super League twice with FC Zurich in 2005/06 and 2006/07, whilst also offering the likes of Borussia Monchengladbach and Nice stable platforms to progress.
Eddie Howe Odds: 8/1
Eddie Howe is the bookies third favourite to become Newcastle’s next manager following the imminent takeover of the club by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund.
Howe has not had a job since leaving Bournemouth following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season. He is best known for his time at the Cherries, managing them for 12 years till his departure in 2020, with a one and a half-season spell at Burnley separating his two spells at Dean Court between January 2011 and October 2012. His time at Bournemouth saw him take the Cherries from the bottom of the League Two table to as high as ninth place in the Premier League in 2016/17.
The former Bournemouth manager tends to set up sides in a more attractive way than the likes of Bruce, as he is an attack-minded manager which is something that the St James’ Park faithful have craved for since the days of Kevin Keegan. This would be a good job to take for a manager like Howe, who will ideally be looking for a Premier League role, and with the finances that Newcastle are set to have, this will be an exciting project to be a part of.
Frank Lampard Odds: 12/1
Frank Lampard is the next manager on this list, having been without a club following his sacking by Chelsea in January due to a poor run of form that had seen the Blues win just two of their last eight league games under the former Derby County manager over the festive period.
However, following the aftermath of his sacking, there were rumours of the Chelsea transfer team signing players that he wasn’t interested in bringing to the club, which was essentially the downturn in his form at the Bridge, as he managed to finish fourth in the Premier League with them in 2019/20 having had a transfer ban.
This job would be a good one for someone like Lampard who had previously managed at clubs that expected good results in the short term. The former England international had his teams at Stamford Bridge and Pride Park play attractive brands of football which is something that the St James’s Park crowd would certainly appreciate having often been starved of it in recent years.
Graeme Jones Odds: 22/1
Newcastle coach Graeme Jones is priced at 22/1 to be promoted to manager of the Magpies in place of current boss Bruce.
Jones has only ever had one year as a manager, which saw him take charge of Luton Town between May 2019 and April the next year where he won just 12 in 41 matches before leaving Kenilworth Road via mutual consent.
The 51-year-old Gateshead-born coach has an impressive CV as a coach, having Joined Roberto Martinez’s coaching team at Swansea City, following the Spaniard to the likes of Wigan Athletic who won the FA Cup in the 2012/13 season, as well as to Everton and the Belgium national team.
Since losing his job at Luton, Jones went on to assist Jason Tindall as a first-team coach at Bournemouth, before leaving the Vitality Stadium to take up the same role at St James’ Park.
This job would be some step up for Jones to make having only managed Luton at a senior level, but, the Magpies have been known to give members of their coaching staff chances, such as Chris Hughton and John Carver, seeing Jones priced at 22/1 to become their new manager.
Jose Mourinho Odds: 25/1
The final manager on this list is current AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho who on a results basis is one of the greatest managers in the history of the sport.
Mourinho comes with a huge CV and brand image having won 25 pieces of silverware in his time as a manager, including a Champions League trophy with FC Porto and winning European football’s elite competition with Inter Milan in 2010 when he lead them to a famous treble.
The Portuguese manager has not won a trophy since 2017, but, nevertheless, has a good record in the Premier League, winning it three times across two spells as manager of Chelsea and does often provide good results on a short term basis having only had less than a 50% win ratio at one club in his career which was at Uniao de Leira in 2001/02.
Despite only taking over Roma in the summer, starting well as his side have amassed 15 points from their opening seven fixtures, the 58-year-old could potentially see this as an opportunity to silence any critics and doubters that he has by leading the St James’ Park club to a successful rebuild that could see them challenge the biggest names on the European stage in the future.
Antonio Conte Odds: 28/1
Antonio Conte is the next name on this list and comes with a huge reputation, having just left Inter Milan as league champions for the first time since 2010.
The 51-year-old Italian has a sensational record as a manager since 2008, winning six league titles with four different clubs, ranging from Bari in Serie B to Juventus where he started their recent dynasty in Italian football, before winning the Premier League and FA Cup in two seasons at Chelsea between 2016 and 2018.
With the expected finances that would be at Conte’s disposal, he would effectively be able to chop and change the current squad and when looking at his CV it would likely not take long for Newcastle to be competing for European football on a regular basis once again, as they were in the mid to early noughties.
Roberto Martinez Odds: 28/1
As well as his former assistant Jones being linked to the managerial role at the Magpies, Belgium national team manager Roberto Martinez is also on the list of candidates for the job.
The 48-year-old is best known in England for his time at Wigan Athletic where he won the FA Cup with the Latics in 2013 against Manchester City in the final at Wembley, following a stunning late header by Ben Watson. Since then, he made the move to Everton where he recorded the Toffees' second-highest Premier League finish in his first full season at Goodison Park, managing fifth-place in the 2013/14 season.
Following two more seasons that proved to be unsuccessful in his three-year spell at Everton, Martinez was sacked, but his promising style of play saw the Spaniard go on to prove himself at international level with Belgium, managing a third-place finish at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as well as reaching the quarter-finals at Euro 2020 where his side were knocked out by eventual winners, Italy. Belgium were are also in the semi-finalist in the Nations League.
Rafa Benitez Odds: 33/1
Former Newcastle favourite Rafa Benitez is also rumoured to be interested in the job at St James’ Park despite only moving to Everton in the summer, where he has had a good start, as the Toffees are eighth in the Premier League table with 14 points from eight matches.
Benitez has a glittering managerial career having won two La Liga titles at Valencia in the early 2000s and notably won Liverpool their fifth Champions League trophy following their incredible comeback win against AC Milan in Istanbul and is regarded as a legendary figure at Anfield because of this.
The 61-year-old has also had spells at both Inter Milan and Real Madrid, as well as at the likes of Chelsea on an interim basis and Napoli where he led them to a Coppa Italia win in 2013/14.
Benitez managed the Magpies between 2016 and 2019, where he initially failed to keep them in the top-flight which was arguably due to a lack of games left on the fixture list following the sacking of Steve McLaren late in the 2015/16 season, before staying loyalty to the club, winning the Championship title the next campaign and consolidating the Toon Army’s place in the Premier League before not renewing his contract due to having a poor relationship with Mike Ashley.
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