By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 25th June 2019
Newcastle’s confirmation that Rafa Benitez will leave the club when his contract expires on the 30th June has seen the William Hill traders scrambling to price up the next Newcastle manager betting odds.
However, if the current list, headed by 7/2 favourite Jose Mourinho is anything to go by, their Premier League relegation odds could be worth greater consideration.
Next Newcastle manager betting: a picture as murky as it is uninspiring
— Marc Stewart (@marcuus50) June 24, 2019
News of the Magpies’ potential takeover by the Bin Zayed group broke more than three weeks ago now, but precious little has been heard about the deal in the interim.
With the Toon Army growing used to potential regime changes dying down as quickly as they flare up, hopes that this one will be different must remain faint.
As a result, any accompanying promise of signing a big-name boss must be considered at least as remote, ruling out the likes of Mourinho, who, in any case, has little experience of managing sides outside of the highest strata.
Other names nearer the brim of the upturned hat include 6/1 shots David Moyes and a coach that failed to rescue Fulham last term in Claudio Ranieri. They’re followed by 9/1 bets Avram Grant, currently technical advisor at Indian Super League side NorthEast United and Mikel Arteta, who’s yet to manage a senior side.
None has the kind of record that inspires much hope they can emulate the water-into-wine managerial miracle working Benitez mustered to keep Newcastle afloat in the top flight for two seasons.
Newcastle relegation betting: Magpies’ drop odds chopped in half
One minute your club is 25/1 to sign Kylian Mbappe & Jose Mourinho is in the frame to take charge.
The next minute you're unable to pay £16m for Salomon Rondon & Garry Monk is in the frame….
— John Potts #NUFC (@johnpottm) June 24, 2019
Having closed trading on Sunday at 6/1 in the relegation betting, the St James’ Park club are now 7/2 in the same market.
With former La Liga and Champions-League-winning manager Benitez no longer at the helm and second-top-scorer last term Salomon Rondon unlikely to return for the new season, Newcastle look perilous.
They were the second-lowest scorers among any of the surviving sides in the Premier League last term, relying on a well-organised rearguard that conceded the joint-fewest goals outside the top seven to steer them to survival.
Amid such uncertain times, it’s hard to see the club bringing in the talent to alter their overreliance on keeping goals out, while given Benitez’s well-publicised issues in prising cash from the Mike Ashley coffers, it’s difficult to see any upwardly-mobile manager signing up.