Newcastle next manager odds: Shock Rafa Benitez return tipped if Steve Bruce is sacked, Eddie Howe also in the frame

RAFA BENITEZ has been installed as favourite to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle, according to the bookies.

The Spanish tactician is leading the betting to be appointed Newcastle's next permanent manager, priced at 7/2 to with bookmakers Betfair.


Benitez spent three years at St. James' Park and helped the club achieve promotion from the Championship during the 2016-17 campaign.

However, the 60-year-old left for Chinese Super League side Dalian Professional after a long-running dispute with owner Mike Ashley.

But with just 12 months remaining on his bumper contract in China, there's growing speculation that Rafa could return to Europe.

Former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is next in the betting at 9/2.

Newcastle next permanent manager odds – Betfair

  • Rafael Benitez – 7/2
  • Eddie Howe – 9/2
  • Mauricio Pochettino – 5/1
  • Steve Cooper – 15/2
  • Jose Mourinho – 9/1
  • Alan Shearer – 9/1
  • Laurent Blanc – 10/1

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The 43-year-old has been out of work since leaving the Cherries by mutual consent in August.

Bournemouth had risen from League Two to become an established Premier League team under Howe, who guided them to three promotions in six seasons.

Paris Saint-Germain-bound Mauricio Pochettino is priced at 5/1 with Swansea boss Steve Cooper narrowly behind at 15/2.

Jose Mourinho and club legend Alan Shearer are both locked at 9s with Laurent Blanc the outsider of the bunch at 10/1.

Bruce's position as manager looks increasingly uncertain.

The Toon are without a win in their last three Premier League outings and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the quarter-final stage by Championship side Brentford.

The 59-year-old has received criticism for his lack of ambition and negative tactics.

But Bruce responded by declaring that his remit is simply to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League.

After the 2-0 defeat at the Etihad, Bruce said: "My remit is to keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season and keep trying to edge the club forward."

Rafa might be the bookies' favourite, but a sensational return to the North East could be hindered by his latest swipe at Ashley.

Benitez described the owner as a 'businessman who I don’t believe really cares about his team' during an interview with The Athletic.

He said: "What is Mike Ashley looking for?

"He’s a businessman who I don’t believe really cares about his team. He wants to be in the Premier League and he wants to make a profit.

"I could see there was not an ambition, it was just a case of, ‘Carry on’."

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