A new era for Newcastle may have begun, but the change of ownership and the incredible atmosphere surrounding the club could not prevent another defeat at St James’ Park.
The Magpies are still winless after eight Premier League games as Tottenham spoiled the takeover at Tyneside to secure a 3-2 victory.
This means the pressure mounted on Steve Bruce, who looked like a battered man in the dugout after the loss but remained shy about his future when he questioned him after the game.
Bruce could well be sacked in the coming days and Sky Sports expert Jamie Redknapp has insisted the 60-year-old may even be happy to be relieved of his duties.
“My feeling when I look at him is that he would almost like to be put out of his misery too,” said the former Liverpool midfielder.
“He looks like a man who has done all he can, and he is a symbol of the previous regime.
“He’s going to hate every second, nobody likes it unless you have something wrong with you.” He doesn’t want to be here. I think he’ll be relieved when he gets that phone call.
Bruce is the overwhelming favorite to be the next Premier League coach to be sacked, with some bookies putting him at the insanely short odds of 1/20.
But who are the favorites to succeed him?
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was the favorite last week but left the race at his press conference before overseeing a stunning 4-2 win for Leicester against Manchester United on Saturday.
Former Derby and Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is the joint favorite at 5/1 with the bookies.
The ex-Englishman is a top contender alongside Paulo Fonseca, who was widely tipped to join Tottenham over the summer before his move to north London fell through in the 11th hour. .
Former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre is also one of the most pressing candidates for the job, but his odds have dropped from 5/1 last week to 8/1.
Gerrard, who has done a great job with the Rangers in recent years, is also among the first with a 9/1 odds.
While ex-Chelsea and Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte, Premier League and Serie A title winner, is now a 14/1 away.
Former Arsenal boss and current Villarreal coach Unai Emery, who led the Yellow Sub to a Europa League triumph last season, is reportedly the sixth seed for the post.
Here’s the full list of the top contenders, according to SkyBet. Odds correct at time of writing, Monday, October 18.
- Frank Lampard – 5/1
- Paulo Fonseca – 5/1
- Lucien Favre – 8/1
- Brendan Rodgers – 9/1
- Steven Gerrard – 9/1
- Unai Emery – 1/10
- Eddie Howe – 12/1
- Roberto Martinez – 12/1
- Antonio Conté – 14/1
- Graeme Jones – 14/1
- Zinedine Zidane – 16/1
- Graham Potter – 25/1
Last week, Trevor Sinclair told talkSPORT he believed Roberto Mancini was the right fit for the job as he was overseeing a rebuilding project shortly after the Man City takeover.
Despite being a feature film with the bookies, former Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair believes Italy boss Roberto Mancini would be the perfect manager to guide Newcastle into the new era.
“I think you need a manager who’s done this before,” Sinclair told talkSPORT. “And the first name that comes to mind is Roberto Mancini.
“But I don’t know if it is too early with his reign with Italy and if he would move away from it.
“He did it at Man City, you have to bring in some big players to make new ones, Mancini would be the perfect man to do it, he’s still young enough to do it.
“They would be wise to look at the Man City model and the way they did it because they are so successful. Take the Champions League and they won it all.
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