Odds slashed on Newcastle appointing Bernd Schuster as shock Pardew replacement

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Bookmakers now believe Bernd Schuster is one of the favourites for the Newcastle job.

Newcastle still haven't replaced Alan Pardew almost three weeks after he left St. James' Park to take charge of Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.

However, bookmakers are taking a keen interest in the situation, and there has been big movement over one potential candidate in the last 24 hours.

Via odds compiled by Oddschecker, former Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster has now come in at 4/1 with some bookmakers, despite being a long shot at 40/1 earlier on Wednesday.

The 55-year-old German had an extensive and illustrious playing career, featuring for the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid before ending his career in Mexico with UNAM Pumas.

Schuster's managerial career started almost as soon as he retired, taking charge of Fortuna Koln in 1997 before stints with FC Koln, Spanish side Xerez, Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk and another Spanish side, Levante.

However, his career really took off upon his move to Getafe in 2005, winning almost 40% of his games - and leading to a remarkable return to Real Madrid as manager.

His nomadic career continued though, lasting less than 18 months at the Santiago Bernaebu, less than a year at Besiktas in Turkey and just ten months with Malaga.

That makes this particular link quite perplexing. He's never really had phenomenal success anywhere, and his long list of clubs makes him seem like a short-term appointment rather than a hiring with one eye on the future.

For now, Schuster remains fifth favourite behind John Carver, Remi Garde, Steve McClaren and Michael Laudrup, but his odds are shortening at some pace - so keep an eye on his name in the coming days as Newcastle look to finally replace Pardew.

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