John Carver has emerged as the new bookies’ favourite to land the Newcastle United job on a permanent basis, according to the latest odds.
Newcastle are rumoured to have held talks with the ex-Lyon manager over a move to St James’ Park, according to Sky Sports, but the potential appointment of the Frenchman in the near future has been thrown into doubt by fresh media speculation.
Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley suggested in an interview with the Chronicle that the the club may bide its time before bringing in a new manager.
"We’ve got a number of options: clearly my preference is to try and find someone to bring in now," he told the North East newspaper.
"However, because it will be a long-term commitment, if I have to wait until the summer for what I believe is the right individual then I would rather wait than actually take someone now who I think isn’t the best fit."
The comments have seen Carver leapfrog both Steve McClaren and Garde in the latest odds, with the caretaker boss’ price slashed from 3/1 to 7/4 in the space of a few hours, with punters seemingly banking on the Magpies opting to appoint from within.
Garde, meanwhile, has moved further out to 3/1 with most bookmakers, having once been the odds-on favourite to land the role with some quoting a price of 8/13.
It comes despite the ex-Arsenal player refusing to comment on the situation during a live broadcast for French television station Canal+ on Sunday.
Quizzed on the outcome of his recent talks with the Toon by his co-commentator, Garde responded: "No comment regarding Newcastle. I cannot say anything today."
Meanwhile, Michael Laudrup’s odds have been shaved from 4/1 to 7/2 according to the latest figures while Peter Beardsley and Alan Curbishley have both emerged as outsiders for the job at odds of 16/1 each.