Steve McClaren remains the red hot favourite to take charge of Newcastleby Jack Kitson / 27 May 2015, 13:43Tweet
The 2014/15 campaign was a turbulent one for Newcastle, who left it until the final day to preserve their Premier League status for another term, following a truly torrid spell of form in 2015. The Toon's search for a new manager is likely to be just as chaotic, with the club reportedly set to bide their time as they bid to unearth a boss who can steady the ship.
What Newcastle desperately need is a manager who can lift the cloud of negatively that has been hovering ominously over St James' Park throughout 2015. Lee Charnley, the club's managing director, is the man charged with finding a new gaffer, and he is refusing to be rushed as he strings together a shortlist for the position.
Frontrunner Steve McClaren - priced at just 1/5 (Sky Bet) - has long been linked with the job, however the former Derby manager has frequently insisted that he's not keen on a move to Tyneside. But, having now lost his job at the Rams, the 54-year-old may now be open to a change of heart, and will no doubt be tempted by the prospect of being labelled a Premier League manager for the first time since 2006.
John Carver will reportedly still be considering for the permanent post, despite failing to impress last term. Even when the 50-year-old was presiding over a profoundly abject run of results - one point in 10 games - he was adamant that he would ride out the storm, which he did, just. However, it's difficult to see the Geordie bagging the job on a full-time basis, although he surprisingly remains the second favourite in the betting, at 11/2.
Michael Laudrup and Remi Garde are also believed to be on Newcastle shortlist, although they are currently priced at 12/1 and 16/1 respectively. Meanwhile, the now unemployed Roberto Di Matteo can also be found at 12/1, whereas David Moyes (14/1) and Christophe Galtier (16/1) also feature in the betting.