Newcastle United next manager betting update: Ex-Arsenal defender in the frame?

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 over the last few days.

Odds shortening

The second favourite has been Derby County boss Steve McClaren for some time now, and even after the former England and Middlesbrough boss denied any interest in moving to St. James' Park, his odds continue to tumble, and he is now as short as 11/4.

Another big mover recently is former Lyon boss Remi Garde. The ex-Arsenal defender is currently a free agent having left Lyon at the end of last season, and with the strong French contingent on Tyneside, it was only a matter of time before a Frenchman was linked - and Garde, long tipped as a future replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, is as short as 10/1.

Odds lengthening

Another Frenchman being linked with the Magpies was Saint-Etienne boss Christophe Galtier, but with the Ligue 1 side denying any possibility of him leaving, bookmakers have been put off, and he can now be had for as long as 19/1 - just days after being one of the favourites.

Steve Bruce, formerly manager of Sunderland but a boyhood Newcastle fan, was considered as the favourite for the job earlier this week, but after saying he wanted to remain with Hull City, he's now only thought to be seventh favourite, and looks unlikely to replace Pardew now.

The favourite

Despite a slight lull in his market since the 3-3 draw with Burnley earlier today, caretaker manager John Carver is still the favourite for the job - but only just. The aforementioned McClaren appears to be closing in on being the favourite, with a draw against Burnley doing little to inspire confidence.

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