I was going to do a piece about Palace, WBA and Newcastle, but since the other two jobs are well known as to who is taking over, it seemed pretty pointless. However, the job of probably one of the most difficult clubs in world football is up for grabs.
Here are managers we feel may well be either approached or be interested, and some that will not be taking over:
The ‘Mike Ashley’ Type:
John Carver @ 6/4 Fave – if Mike Ashley goes down the route of ‘Cheap and Cheerful’, the Carver could fit the bill. Also, if they cannot get the manager of their choice until June, he could be put in temporary charge until such point. 6/4 Favourite at the moment.
Peter Beardsley @ 20/1 – another from within the club. Currently running the Under 21 team, but an attacking coach who could take the mantle. 20/1 is the price going at the moment.
Joe Kinnear @ 66/1 – Even Ashley isn’t stupid enough to go there again…but just in case, 66/1!
Alan Curbishley @ 50/1 – Cheap, out of a job, Cockney. Mike Ashley’s perfect manager in a nutshell. Hopefully not though, for the sake of humanity. Seeing that fool back in the EPL would be unfunny, so much so I would rather Joe Kinnear!
Ally McCoist @ 14/1 – recently left Rangers, where Ashley does seem to have a lot of say for someone with a minority stakehold of under 10%. Wasn’t good enough in the poor Scottish 2nd tier, won’t be good enough for the PL.
The Foreign Options:
Remi Garde @ 12/1 – Left Lyon last season after doing a very good job under difficult circumstances, with debts meaning most of the key players were sold. Out of work, French, fairly young and used to using resources he has available, especially youth. Ideal candidate, and one we think could be in the top three or four.
Christophe Galtier @ 12/1 – according to the media closest to the club, a man the club are keen on. Currently managing St Etienne, it could be difficult as he is not one to leave in the middle of the season, but again, probably in the top 5.
Phillipe Montanier @ 33/1 – another Frenchman, managing Rennes, and previously getting Sociedad into the Champions League. Although a good match, this one is unlikely.
Thomas Tuchel @ 66/1 – another out of work manager, after leaving Mainz – guiding them to the 5th most points in the past 5 seasons in the German first division. A young manager with good style. A very long price, but he could be tempted to come to England and prove himself to the world.
Frank De Boer @ 40/1 – the Ajax coach has said previously that the likes of Spurs, Newcastle and Liverpool are sleeping giants, and that one day he would like to manage in the Premier League. However, like Galtier, he has always stated he would not leave mid-season. Probably in the top 5 choices, but not likely to leave now.
Aitor Karanka @ 50/1 – a very good manager who has impressed at Boro so far. After such a short period in the job this one is unlikely.
Rafa Benitez @ 16/1 – said he would love to return to the PL, and even when Hughton was sacked he was interested. Now at Napoli, so unlikely.
Steve McClaren @ 11/4 – ruled himself out, would be stupid to leave Derby when they are likely to be promoted.
Alan Shearer @ 66/1 – hates Mike Ashley’s guts. Would never work under him again. Very comfy on MOTD’s sofa.
Fabricio Coloccini @ 25/1 – has not started his badges, so it would be temporary. Not under consideration, and does not want it according to sources in the North East.
Paul Clement @ 20/1 – Real Madrid’s assistant manager. Very much doubt the ex-PE teacher would leave that job for NUFC.
Tim Sherwood @ 5/1 – already had to put up with Daniel Levy, and Mike Ashley is cut from the same cheese.
Nigel Worthi… Sorry, I’m being stupid, and so would Ashley to consider such a poor manager.
Kevin Keegan – no need for odds. He, like Shearer, hates the man with a passion.
Nobby Solano @ ??/1 – Started badges years ago and managed a few clubs in Peru. They are looking for someone with experience, so it would be a tad soon for the legend.
Temuri Ketsbaia @ 33/1 – managed several teams, including Anorthorsis, Olympiakos and Georgia. An excellent manager, rather hot-headed. Would love the job, but he would be a big outsider
I get the impression that Newcastle are looking for a head-coach, not a manager. In Europe, this is regular. A DOF is in charge of transfer strategy. With Lee Charnley in that position, and Graham Carr a good scout – any of the foreign options would be okay with the situation, especially with the likes of Santon, Coloccini, Krul, Sissoko and Janmaat already there, and add talents like Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback, a nucleaus of a potential good side is already in place.
Here are my top 3 picks, going on the basis neither Beardsley or Carver are not appointed:
1. Remi Garde @ 12/1
2. Christophe Galtier @ 12/1
3. Thomas Tuchel @ 66/1
2 of the three out of work, and highly regarded in most quarters. Both young, and proven in their respective countries. Both, and Galtier, would be good appointments. Lets hope for the sake of their fans that Mike Ashley uses some of the common sense that made him a billionaire.