Chris Hughton Parts Company With Newcastle Unitedby Richard Smith / 06 December 2010, 14:58Tweet
After weeks of rumours swirling around St James Park Chris Hughton has finally parted company with Newcastle United today to end a turbulent start to the season, he is a popular man in the north-East but Mike Ashley ahs decided to act after the team slipped to a poor defeat to West Brom on Sunday. Hughton has been without a long term contract since he joined the club with many believing the owner saw him as a temporary stop gap, that has proven to be the case and the club will now embark on the search for a new Manager. Hughton did a fantastic job in taking the team back into the Premier League when the club was in turmoil, and he will no doubt point to the fact that despite a dip in form they are in mid table and most promoted teams would be delighted to find themselves in that position in December.
Hughton is widely considered to have done an excellent job at Newcastle over the past couple of season's and the Sack Race believes he can count himself unlucky to be heading down the Job Centre, he handled himself with dignity when he was in caretaker charge and he will always remain a popular figure with the players and fans.
The problem for Hughton has come with the teams form at home with just two wins to their names this season, one of those was a brilliant win against Sunderland but he has payed the price for one or two lacklustre performances in recent weeks. The players have firmly behind the Manager in recent weeks and it will no doubt be an unpopular decision to sack Hughton at the training ground, it is clear though that Mike Ashley is looking for a more experienced man to take the club into the top half of the Premier League as soon as possible. The Next Newcastle Manager Betting is likely to be a hot market over the coming weeks and there is sure to be a number of names linked to the vacancy on Tyneside.
The name always mentioned by Geordies will always be Alan Shearer but after his acrimonious exit from the club and his lack of experience means he is unlikely to be the value in the market, Martin O'Neill will be much more likely having left Aston Villa in August and he has bags of experience. O'Neill will surely be on the shortlist but it does remain to be seen if he is looking for a return to the game quite yet, he would be a popular choice with the fans and he is being well backed to head to the north east. Another name for punters to consider here is Alan Curbishley who has made it clear he is ready for a return to the game, he does have the experience Newcastle are looking for and he will be one to watch in this competitive market.
Next Newcastle Manager Odds with VC Bet.com - 06/12/2010
Martin O'Neill -4/1
Ala Curbishley - 5/1
Alan Pardew - 6/1
Alan Shearer - 8/1
Paul Lambert - 9/1
Lee Clark -10/1
Frank Rijkaard - 10/1
Martin Jol - 10/1
Gianfranco Zola - 12/1
Dave Jones - 14/1
Steve Clarke - 16/1
Slaven Bilic - 16/1
Didier Deschamps - 16/1
All betting markets supplied courtesy of Victor Chandler