According to the bookies, Man City assistant Mikel Arteta is the favourite to become the new Newcastle United boss at 3/1.
The second favourite is the Belgian national boss Roberto Martinez (4/1), while Neil Redfearn – our current U-23 coach and a hugely uninspiring option – comes in as the third favourite at 7/1.
Here’s the top 12 candidates according to William Hill’s odds today:
- 3/1 Mikel Arteta
- 4/1 Roberto Martinez
- 7/1 Neil Redfearn
- 8/1 Sean Dyche
- 12/1 David Moyes
- 14/1 Claudio Ranieri
- 16/1 Garry Monk
- 16/1 Jose Mourinho
- 16/ Patrick Vieira
- 16/1 Steven Gerrard
- 20/1 Gennaro Gattuso
- 20/1 Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Mourinho and Vieira are in the top 10 at 16/1 each, but both have distanced themselves from the job in recent weeks.
Personally, I can’t see either Arteta or Martinez taking the job. Yes it’s still a big job in the Premier League, but both are in very strong positions currently, with the former working as Pep Guardiola’s understudy at Manchester Citt and the latter being the manager of one of Europe’s best international sides.
At this stage I can’t help but feel one of Dyche, Moyes, Ranieri or even Van Bronckhorst looks most likely from this list.
Uninspiring I know, but I struggle to see how any top manager decides to join the circus Mike Ashley has created at Newcastle United – a club that’s not only losing fans but its top players too.