Odds slashed on Moyes as McClaren alternative at Newcastle United

David Moyes Interview - 23/02/2014

David Moyes has moved to as short a price as 5/6 to replace John Carver at St James’ Park, having once been out at 33/1 with the bookmakers.

In what could be a fresh twist in the ongoing soap opera surrounding Newcastle United, David Moyes has emerged as the bookies’ favourite to replace John Carver at St James’ Park.

The former Manchester United man was once as far out as 33/1 to be named the next permanent Magpies boss, but can now be found at as short a price as 8/11 to take the Toon hot-seat according to data compiled by Oddschecker.

It comes after previous front-runner Steve McClaren rejected the chance to take charge of the north east side for the remaining three games of the Premier League season.

BBC Sport reported earlier today that the Derby County manager had rebuffed Newcastle’s advances over the weekend.

And while there has since been an official announcement from the club claiming Carver will remain in charge until the end of the campaign, it would appear that Moyes is the front-runner to succeed him.

The Scot is currently enjoying something of a renaissance in Spain, following a difficult spell in charge of Manchester United.

Appointed manager of Real Sociedad earlier this season, Moyes has steered the underachieving Basque club away from the relegation zone and towards the top half of the table.

These achievements may have played a part in the Scot emerging as a front-runner to take the Newcastle job.

But despite this major shift in the betting, it’s unknown as to whether Moyes would be open to a return to the Premier League, given his disastrous stint at Old Trafford.

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