Odds slashed on League Cup winner becoming next Newcastle manager

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Bookmakers have slashed the odds on former Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup moving into the St James’ Park hot seat.

Michael Laudrup has emerged as a surprise contender to land the Newcastle United manager's job on a permanent basis, according to the latest bookmaker odds collated by Oddschecker.

The former Swansea City boss has moved from as far out as 66/1 to become the next permanent Magpies boss to the current price as low as 4/1 at some bookmakers, with favourite Remi Garde no longer odds-on to land the job.

At one point the former Lyon manager had been at 2/5 to be appointed to the St James’ Park hot seat having held talks with the club over a potential move into the role, according to Sky Sports.

However, Garde has crept out to 6/4, according to Oddschecker, with Newcastle seemingly no closer to appointing a new manager.

Laudrup has moved up in the betting despite only recently being appointed manager of Qatari side Lekhwiya, though the 50-year-old only signed a one-year deal with the club.

Previously in charge at Swansea, the Dane won the League Cup during his time with the Swans, but was sacked back in February 2014, following a poor run of results in the Premier League.

Elsewhere in the next permanent Newcastle manager betting, Derby County manager Steve McClaren remains at 3/1 with most bookmakers while current caretaker boss John Carver can be backed around the 9/2 mark.

The interim Newcastle boss has yet to win a game while at the helm of the Toon with last Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Southampton making it three defeats from three for the Magpies coach.

Carver, meanwhile, has called on the club to resolve the current situation surrounding the appointment of a new permanent manager, noting that it has now been three weeks since Crystal Palace were given permission to speak to manager Alan Pardew.

Speaking in an interview with the Guardian, the Magpies coach said: "I think that’s enough time to do what you need to do. It’s in the best interests of the club, me, the fans, the players, the staff, everybody. We cannot drift. The club have to do something."

Newcastle will not play again until January 31st, with the Toon travelling to the KC Stadium to face north east rivals Hull.

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