Speaking on the latest Pod on the Tyne podcast for The Athletic, George Caulkin had this to say on Newcastle’s hunt for a new manager:
“I have been told that it won’t be Fonseca; I’ve been told that now, a couple of times, but I’m not saying that as a definitive thing.”
The former Roma boss had seen his odds drop to as little as 8/15 at one stage last week, and this is the first time since then that he is no longer odds on to become the new Newcastle United manager with the bookies.
Fonseca is still the 2/1 ‘favourite’ with Sky Bet, but it’s interesting to see that Lucien Favre’s odds have shortened considerably over the past 24 hours, with him now priced at 7/2.
The Mail’s Craig Hope stated last Friday that one of Favre, Emery and/or Martinez would emerge as a ‘serious contender’ this week – despite all roads pointing to Fonseca at the time – and it seems he might be right?
The former Borussia Dortmund boss is available and has a solid track record when it comes to turning things around at a struggling team. Borussia Moenchengladbach were seven points adrift from safety when he arrived in 2011, picking up just 16 points from their opening 22 games, yet he kept them up and had them qualifying for the Champions League the following season.
Here’s the latest odds via Sky Bet:
- Paulo Fonseca – 2/1
- Lucien Favre – 7/2
- Roberto Martinez – 9/1
- Frank Lampard – 14/1
- Steven Gerrard – 14/1
- Eddie Howe – 16/1
- Rafa Benitez – 16/1
- Erik ten Hag – 20/1
- Unai Emery – 20/1
- Graeem Jones – 25/1