Newcastle United next manager betting update: Ex-Sunderland manager made 2/1 favourite

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With Alan Pardew set to become Crystal Palace manager, who do the bookmakers think will replace him in the Newcastle hot seat?

In a bizarre turn of events, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is set to become the new manager of Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

The Magpies faithful have been calling for Pardew to be sacked for months, yet just as Newcastle's results improved, the 53-year-old is leaving for a team fighting relegation.

That leaves owner Mike Ashley with the task of finding Newcastle's next manager, and the bookmakers have been pricing up odds throughout the day...

Odds shortening

One of the most bizarre moves in the market is concerning ex-Norwich City and Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington. He may have left League Two side York City in October, but bookmakers appear to believe that he has a shot at landing the Newcastle job, with a lowest price of 4/1.

Another manager seeing their odds shorten is ex-Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood. The 45-year-old left White Hart Lane at the end of last season and has been out of work ever since, but can show a 50% win rate from his time with Spurs. Bookies have him as short as 11/4.

Odds lengthening

In what is already a strange and intriguing situation, reports on Monday night suggested that Newcastle owner Ashley was willing to promote captain Fabricio Coloccini to the managerial hot seat, but the bookmakers aren't buying it anymore, with a longest price of 28/1.

Similarly, Tony Pulis has seen his odds drift to around 12/1, with the former Crystal Palace boss seemingly closing in on the West Bromwich Albion job.

The favourite

The current favourite with the bookmakers is Hull City manager Steve Bruce, who is a boyhood Newcastle fan. The Tigers haven't been good this season, and despite his allegiances towards the Magpies, fans are unlikely to be happy with his potential appointment - though the former Sunderland boss is currently the 2/1 favourite.

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