Alan Pardew has been amongst the favourites to lose his job all season and Newcastle fans have been keen for the manager to leave for a long time now.
However, Mike Ashley has signed the Newcastle boss down to a long-term deal and whilst they’re currently mid-table in the Premier League it would seem unlikely that Pardew will be going anywhere soon without a downturn in their results.
You can find odds of just over 2/1 on Pardew to lose his job next in the Premier League.
Here are three possible replacements for the Magpies should they replace their manager in the coming weeks:
1. Frank de Boer (Ajax)
The former Ajax, Barcelona and Glasgow Rangers player has won the league for four consecutive seasons in charge of the Dutch giants. He is gaining a record for his results after the Christmas break too to lead his side to title after title. With the year passing by, the young manager could be an ideal candidate for a job at St James’ Park.
Would he take the job? He’s an outside chance for the job at Barcelona should it not work out for Luis Enrique at Camp Nou. De Boer has also been linked to Tottenham Hotspur in the past and being a highly-touted manager you’d think he’d hold out for a bigger job than Newcastle.
2. Steve McClaren (Derby County)
The former England manager has done an excellent job in the Championship over the past 12 months, taking a mid-table side to the playoff final last season, only losing out to billionaires, expensive and experienced players. Many of the Derby squad that are expected to compete for promotion again this season were signed from the lower league and were finishing mid-table under Nigel Clough to show you how great the manager has done.
Will his connections with Newcastle’s rivals Middlesbrough have a say? Should Newcastle sack Pardew it would also matter where Derby are in the league at the time too – McClaren’s hardly going to want to leave Pride Park if they’re in the top two positions at the time of being offered work for a mid-table side.
3. David Moyes (Unattached)
Would the former Manchester United manager want to return to the Premier League so soon after a disastrous season with Manchester United? David Moyes didn’t find a new job in the summer which suggests he may be keeping a low profile for a little while.
Maybe if Pardew lost his job around Christmas or early in the New Year and Moyes hadn’t been taken a job by then he’d be a leading contender for the Newcastle job. He regularly finished in the top half with Everton and has a season of experience with a massive club now, could be a good shout.