Derby County manager Steve McClaren is the favourite to replace Alan Pardew at the helm at St James’ Park.
The former England manager is yet to rule himself out of the race to move up a division which has Rams fans worried that he may turn his back on the club that has previously employed him as both a player and assistant, before appoint him as their manager in September 2013.
Steve McClaren has not completed a full season at any club since 2009-10 with FC Twente. Since then, he has had spells at VfL Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest, a second spell at Twente, before becoming Derby County manager early into last season.
McClaren’s connection with Middlesbrough appears not to count him out of the running for a job with their rivals. Taking Derby County from midtable to last season’s playoff final and guide the team, consisting of a lot of players bought from the lower divisions and bottom half of the Championship, has earned him the attention of the Premier League side. Without McClaren, most football fans wouldn’t expect Derby to come close to the top six with the current crop of players.
Second favourite for the job is former Arsenal player and Lyon boss Rémi Garde. Being French may give him a good qualification for the Newcastle job given the nationality of a large number of their recent signings. Garde won Ligue 1 in 2011-12 with Lyon before being released from his role last year. Lyon are the only club he has managed.
Tim Sherwood, who was temporarily favourite for the job is now back at 8/1 third favourite. The former Tottenham manager is a long shot given his unimpressive tactics and poor form towards the end of his short spell in North London. He would be a shock hire to say the least.
Who would be a good outside bet for the job right now? John Carver is 10/1 – if he can win at the weekend perhaps it would increase Mike Ashley’s interest in hiring the caretaker manager permanently, or at least until the end of the season. Former Newcastle favourite Temuri Ketsbaia is 14/1 after declaring interest in re-joining the club as manager. He has UEFA Champions League appearance.
Michael Laudrup is 16/1 and is without a job. Should be considered seriously by Newcastle having done a good job at Swansea and being linked to bigger clubs in his early days in Wales.