Following Kevin Keegan’s official resignation last week as Manager of Premiership soccer team Newcastle United, bookmakers have installed former player Alan Shearer as the favourite to take over.
Both ToteSport.com and BetFred.com have the Newcastle-born legend at odds of 6/1 to take over the reins of the struggling club while 888Sport.com and BlueSq.com list the former England international at odds of 7/1.
Previous favourite Gustavo Poyet had been listed at odds of 3/1 by both ToteSport.com BetFred.com while Coral.co.uk went with the slightly longer 5/1. However, the Uruguayan revealed yesterday that he was not interested in leaving his current post as Assistant Manager for fellow Premiership team Tottenham Hotspur, bumping Shearer to the top of the list.
Former French international and Juventus coach Didier Deschamps is now second favourite at odds of 7/1 with ToteSport.com. SkyBet.com and Coral.co.uk have the former Chelsea and Juventus player at odds of 8/1 to take the helm of the English team.
The current Manager for Premiership team Wigan Athletic, Newcastle-born Steve Bruce, is fourth favourite with both BlueSq.com and 888Sport.com offering odds of 10/1.
New Blackburn Rovers boss Paul Ince rounds out the top five with BetFred.com offering the former Manchester United player at odds of 16/1, the same ToteSport.com is giving that Brazilian legend Arthur Antunes ‘Zico’ Coimbra will relocate to the northeast of England to coach Newcastle.
Those wanting longer odds could go for Dutchman Ruud Gullit to return to manage the team he left nine years ago with SkyBet.com offering odds of 100/1, the same it is giving for a whole host of outsiders including Roy Keane, David Moyes, Stuart Pearce, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Dennis Wise, Kenny Dalglish and Frank Rijkaard.