Michael Laudrup is the latest name to be linked with the vacant Newcastle United post, with the Tyneside club seemingly reluctant to hand the gig to John Carver on a full-time basis.
Carver is yet to see his team do anything other than lose since temporarily replacing Pardew, with Newcastle continuing to slip down the table after a 2-1 reverse against Southampton on Saturday.
It appears that owner Mike Ashley is prepared to take his team before appointing a successor and cares little for the fact that the transfer window is only open for another fortnight before Newcastle are denied the chance to sign any new players.
Michael Laudrup is now a 6/1 shot with the bookies, with the Dane currently manager at Lekhwiya SC, a club in Qatar although he might jump at the chance to return to England after doing a good job at Swansea before Garry Monk took charge at the Liberty Stadium.
Remi Garde remains the bookies favourite although bet365’s odds of 9/4 suggest there is plenty of uncertainty over whether the Frenchman will take charge, while Steve McClaren’s price has once again shortened and perhaps he might be available in the summer if the club are prepared to wait that long.