Newcastle next permanent manager odds
The arrival of famed Spanish boss Rafa Benitez was the one positive in what was a dreadful 2015/16 season for Newcastle United.
The club started the campaign poorly, failing to win in their first eight matches, and continued down the same path for much of the season. Miraculously, former manager Steve McClaren survived in the position until March 11th, with the club hovering dangerously above the relegation zone.
Despite a run of five matches undefeated in the final stages of the season, Benitez was unable to save the club from relegation, with just two points eventually separating them from 16th placed Sunderland.
However, Benitez has managed to turn the club around in the Championship, guiding the club into first place with some brilliant performances. The Spaniard looks set to deliver on his promise of taking Newcastle back to the Premier League. However, given his stature in the game, it is hard to see him remaining at the club if a bigger side comes calling.
Newcastle United will undoubtedly do everything that they can to hold on to Benitez, but who will they look to recruit should he choose to move on to bigger and better things?
It came as a shock to see Newcastle go down last term and once they find their way back to the top flight they will need a manager that reflects their ambitions. The obvious choice would be somebody like Sam Allardyce. Yet, Newcastle are in need of stability after a turbulent few years and, since leaving Bolton back in 2007, Allardyce hasn’t been one to stick around for too long.
The club were linked with former Ajax boss Frank de Boer prior to Benitez’s arrival and the Dutchman would be a fantastic capture if the club can convince him to join. De Boer recently embarked on a disastrous spell with Serie A giants Inter Milan and, following his sacking, he will be looking to rebuild his reputation as soon as possible. However, Newcastle’s inconsistencies would be a major turn-off for the developing coach, who will be unwilling to risk his reputation further.
With Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace tenure on the rocks, Newcastle could be tempted to resolve their differences with their former manager. The veteran manager helped to stabilise the club in the top flight following their promotion from the Championship back in 2009/10 could be brought in to perform the same task again.
However, the reappointment of Pardew is unlikely to go down too well with the club’s fans. They were already unhappy with results leading up to his exit and his decision to jump ship to Crystal Palace was viewed as traitorous by many.
Former England manager Roy Hodgson might be a safer option. The hugely experienced coach saw his England tenure come to an end this summer after the national team suffered a humiliating defeat to minnows Iceland at the European Championship.
Despite ultimately failing with England, his Premier League spells with Fulham and West Brom shouldn’t be ignored. He has proven himself to be a competent manager at this level and would be a good fit for a Newcastle side trying to find their feet again after a rough few years.