Remi Garde and Glenn Hoddle thrust into the mix for the Newcastle hot seatby Jack Kitson / 05 January 2015, 11:32Tweet
The race to become the Next Newcastle United Manager is heating up nicely, with little separating the leading contenders for a post that was vacated by the long-serving, yet much beleaguered, Alan Pardew. According to reports the club's unpopular owner Mike Ashley has placed his faith in managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr, who will both be tasked with unearthing the Toon's new manager. If the competitive nature of the market is anything to go by so far, then the search for Pardew's successor is likely to ramble on for some time.
Newcastle are believed to have compiled together a shortlist of half-a-dozen names. At the time of writing Steve McClaren still narrowly leads the way at the top of the betting with odds of 7/2 (Sky Bet). The former England boss has adamantly denied he will switch clubs, insisting that he will not leave his post at Championship high-flyers Derby County. However, if the speculation linking him with the post increases, then the 53-year-old may be lured into a return to the Premier League.
The big mover is Frenchman Remi Garde who has gone from a 25/1 outsider to a major contender at 4/1. The former Arsenal defender is an attracting option as he is currently out of work, having left Lyon last year for personal reasons. Next in the running are the trio of Tim Sherwood, John Carver and Glenn Hoddle at 7/1, with the latter's odds slashed down from 66/1 after he expressed his interest in the vacancy.
Caretaker boss Carver is also keen for the permanent job, however he has yet to impress at the helm, with the Toon drawing to Burnley, then losing to Leicester in the FA Cup. Meanwhile Sherwood is gunning for a return to the dugout, although his lack of experience could hinder his chances. Paul Clement has emerged as a serious candidate at 8/1, while the likes of Ally McCoist, Thomas Tuchel and Dick Advocaat also featuring.