Out of nowhere, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has now become the bookies favourite to become the next Newcastle United manager.
The 51-year-old had not featured in any of the bookies list of potential Rafa Benitez replacements over the past week or two, however he’s now emerges from the blue, with himself and Mikel Arteta installed as ‘favourites’ at 3/1:
Wilder is currently in the middle of a power struggle with the co-owner of Sheffield United, and some reports suggesting he’s contemplated quitting after their lack of spending following promotion, however I’d be very surprised if he did.
After all, he’s lead his boyhood club to the top flight and, even though Newcastle United may seem a considerable step up from Sheffield United, this ‘power struggle’ would only continue if he agreed to take over at a club owned by Mike Ashley!
He may play five at the back – something our squad lends itself to – he’s a good motivator and has done well on a restricted budget, but this would just seem underwhelming and wrong on so many fronts.
That said, it’s hard to ignore the fact he’s shot up to the bookies favourite out of the blue.
Elsewhere on the list, Roberto Martinez remains in the top three, while Quique Sanchez Flores has emerged at 6/1 – with this no doubt coming from the Telegraph’s recent ‘exclusive’ claiming he was now under consideration.