When looking at the leading candidates to be appointed Alan Pardew’s successor at Newcastle once he downgrades to become Crystal Palace boss, it is easier to decide on who won’t want the job, rather than who would.
The fact that Pardew has traded in a club the size of Newcastle for one much smaller at Crystal Palace tells us plenty and is more than just the opportunity to return to London.
Tony Pulis was also a frontrunner and has accepted terms at West Brom instead.
This begs the question, why would the likes of Rafa Benitez, Frank de Boer or Michael Laudrup want to manage at St James’ Park when Pulis wasn’t interested?
At various points, Oddschecker have highlighted Steve McClaren and John Carver among the best backed sports bets of the day and these two head the market.
McClaren is 2/1 and may want another crack at Premier League management. However, with Derby fully visible in the Championship promotion picture, it wouldn’t seem a logical time to move.
Carver looks a far likelier candidate, given how he will be well rehearsed at working under Ashley’s conditions from his spell in the Pardew management team.
But his results have hardly impressed when filling in for Pardew previously when he was banned from the dugout and the team didn’t inspire in the 3-3 draw with Burnley either, where they were seriously lacking defensively.
This appointment will not please supporters either, who will be looking for a manager capable of bringing back a spirit that hasn’t really been seen in the Ashley era.
Neither would Tim Sherwood, yet he seems the best bet to replace Pardew at 5/1 with bwin.
Sherwood would be cheap to appoint given he is unattached and largely unproven and had to work under restraint at Tottenham, where his success was reasonable.