Odds slashed on Nigel Worthington becoming next Newcastle manager

In a fresh twist, former Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington has moved from 100/1 to 4/1 to be named the next permanent manager of Newcastle.

Nigel Worthington, whose most recent job came at York City, has emerged as a surprise contender with the bookies to be appointed the next permanent manager of Newcastle United.

The 53-year-old was sacked by the League Two side earlier this season, following a dismal start to the campaign that saw the club claim just 10 points from their opening 12 fixtures.

But that hasn't stopped Worthington emerging as a dark horse for the St James' Park hot seat, with rumours surfacing earlier today linking the former Northern Ireland national team boss with a move into the Magpies role.

The bookmakers have responded in kind, slashing the odds on the one-time Blackpool and later Norwich City manager from rank outsider at 100/1 to a more surprising 4/1 according to figures from Oddschecker.

Worthington does boast some Premier League experience, having played for both Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United in the top flight as a player.

As a manager, Worthington guided Norwich into the Premier League, winning the 2003-04 Championship with a club record 94 points.

He also looked on course to keep the Canaries in the division the following season, as the East Anglia club were a point outside the relegation zone going into the final game of the season.

However Norwich went on to suffer humiliation, losing 6-0 to Fulham in a result that saw the club condemned to the drop.

Worthington is the latest left-field name to be linked to the club, with defender Fabricio Coloccini the initial favourite to take over from Alan Pardew, who is expected to leave St James' Park to return to Crystal Palace, the team he previously captained as a player.

Coloccini's odds have drifted in the past few hours and Steve Bruce has emerged as the favourite with Tim Sherwood just behind him in the betting.

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