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Rafael Benitez has now left St James’ Park after his Newcastle United manager’s contract expired at the end of June. The Spaniard decided against remaining with the Tyneside outfit and instead heading to the Chinese Super League. The 59-year-old has taken the reins at Dalian Yifang and his former employers now have the difficult task of finding someone to replace him.
We’ve seen plenty of movement in the next Newcastle United manager market in the past few days and there’s currently a surprise name at the top of the betting list, with a certain Steve Bruce having been punted this week after rumours that he’s spoken with the Premier League club regarding the vacant position.
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At the time of writing, Steve Bruce is trading at 2/1 with Coral to replace Benitez, with the 58-year-old hailing from Corbridge in Northumberland. During his childhood, the current Sheffield Wednesday manager used to attend St James’ Park to watch his beloved team and perhaps the lure of taking charge will prove impossible to resist for him.
Nevertheless, few would have linked Bruce with the vacant position at the Tyneside club when news emerged that Benitez would be leaving Newcastle this summer. The former Sunderland manager only took charge of the Owls in January 2019 and there was a delay to his appointment due to the manager taking an extended break following his sacking at Aston Villa.
Bet365 offer a bigger 7/2 about the man who has managed many English clubs, both in the Premier League and the Championship. He started out with Sheffield United nearly twenty years ago and can include Huddersfield Town, Wigan Athletic (twice), Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Sunderland, Hull City and Aston Villa as former clubs.
Newcastle supporters would have mixed feelings about his appointment, especially the Sunderland connection although hiring “one of their own” who has previously had a wealth of experience managing other English teams might be what the club needs at this present moment in time.
Arteta Still Prominent in the Betting
It’s entirely possible that Bruce’s place at the head of the Next Newcastle United Manager betting market is due to the fact that several other candidates have passed up the opportunity to pursue a position which looks like something of a poisoned chalice while Mike Ashley holds the purse strings.
Mikel Arteta is trading at 7/1 with some of the top bookies in the betting to replace Benitez, although the Spaniard might feel that this is a step down from simply being part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City where he is able to work with one of the leading football clubs in Europe.
Arteta showed some ambition when applying for the Arsenal manager’s job after it became clear that Arsene Wenger would be standing down after a long stretch at Highbury and the Emirates Stadium, with the north London club fairly close to hiring the 37-year-old before deciding that the more experienced Unai Emery was the better option.
The difficulty for Ashley is that he openly wants to sell the club to the right bidder and it must therefore be difficult to sell a vision to any prospective candidate who knows that the landscape is likely to change as and when a consortium are able to finally complete a takeover.
Will John Terry Take the Plunge?
It seems an unbelievable notion at face value, although John Terry’s latest odds on the Next Newcastle United Manager market means that we need to consider that the current Aston Villa coach could end up swapping the Midlands for Tyneside and taking charge of the Magpies.
Terry’s managerial experience is non-existent although the same could be said of Frank Lampard twelve months ago and the former Derby County manager is now in charge at Chelsea FC, with his former team-mate likely to draw encouragement from that situation and potentially throwing his hat in the ring at Newcastle.
The 38-year-old is clearly a strong character who has been hugely successful during a playing career and would be someone that the players respect in the dressing room, although taking the Newcastle manager’s position is a different kettle of fish to Lampard heading to Championship club Derby who are clearly in a smaller spotlight.
Will Mike Ashley Spend Big to Land Mourinho?
Jose Mourinho has done it all as a manager. He’s won multiple trophies with several different clubs including the Champions League with Porto and Internazionale, while he’s also been successful with clubs such as Chelsea and Real Madrid. Which begs the question as to why he would take charge at a club like Newcastle United.
For one thing, Mourinho loves the adulation that comes his way from supporters and he will have noticed that Rafael Benitez was quickly adopted as a member of the Toon Army due to his rapport with the fans along with the fact that he quickly improved the fortunes of a team who were heading out of the Premier League.
Mourinho will also have been aware that while Benitez had little money to spend in the transfer market under Ashley, he did command a hefty annual salary and the Portuguese would look to engineer a similar amount of money to take charge of a Magpies side for whom a top-half finish would represent a decent outcome based on relative resources.
Quite whether Newcastle can snare someone who never needs to work a day in his life again is another matter. Perhaps Mourinho is now happy to be a figure in the media before eventually becoming the Portugal national team manager like he’s always suggested would happen.
Chris Wilder Also Among Latest Favourites
You know that Newcastle United might be struggling to replace Rafael Benitez with the right sort of candidate when you see Chris Wilder trading at around the 10/1 mark with Coral. It’s possible and even probable that the Sheffield United manager might be successful at St James’ Park but can anyone actually see him leave Bramall Lane at this moment in time?
Wilder has just led the Blades into the Premier League after taking charge of the Yorkshire outfit when they were in League One. He’s worshipped by the supporters and grew up as a United supporter. Quite simply, it would be a major surprise if he upped sticks to go to Newcastle as this point in his career.
Roberto Martinez now 16/1 for Newcastle Job
Martinez probably harbours ambitions to return to club management and possibly be back in the Premier League at some stage along the line, although Newcastle doesn’t necessarily look like the right fit for someone who is currently focused on winning Euro 2020 with the Belgium national team.
In a years’ time, the Red Devils might have won the European Championship and the Spaniard could be ready for a fresh challenge but the prospect of arriving at Newcastle when they’re in a state of flux doesn’t readily appeal, especially after Ashley sanctioned the £30 million sale of Ayoze Perez to Leicester City.
Martinez might keep his powder dry and wait to see whether other Premier League managerial vacancies become available, with his stock having risen in the past couple of years after a bright showing from Belgium at the 2018 World Cup where they were narrowly beaten by France.