BRENDAN RODGERS is the new favourite to become the next manager of Newcastle.
That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've dramatically slashed the price of Rodgers taking charge at St James' Park from 12/1 to 5/2.
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It looks a matter of WHEN and not IF a managerial change will be made at St James' Park following their £305million takeover.
A huge re-structuring of the club is on the horizon and Bruce could well be the first casualty.
He's priced at 1/16 to be the next Premier League manager sacked amid showdown talks with the club's new owners.
The Telegraph claim Bruce is due around £8m in compensation and that non-executive chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan will make the decision on his replacement.
Graeme Jones looks set to be placed in temporary charge until a full-time replacement is found.
Newcastle next manager
Sky Bet odds
- Brendan Rodgers – 5/2
- Frank Lampard – 4/1
- Lucien Favre – 6/1
- Antonio Conte – 7/1
- Roberto Martinez – 8/1
- Graeme Jones – 10/1
- Steven Gerrard – 11/1
- Eddie Howe – 14/1
- Graham Potter – 20/1
- Zinedine Zidane – 20/1
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And favourite for the role on a permanent basis is Rodgers, who has replaced Antonio Conte and Lucien Favre at the top of the betting market.
The Daily Mail claim Leicester boss Rodgers is one of Newcastle's most 'favoured candidates'.
However, there are complications with Rodgers contracted at the King Power Stadium until June 2025.
Frank Lampard has also received significant support, shortening from 14/1 to 4/1 to occupy the second favourite position with Sky Bet.
Conte has drifted from 3/1 to 7/1 with former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre a fraction ahead at 6s.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, who is itching for a return to club management is available at 8s with assistant manager Graeme Jones offered at 10/1.
Steven Gerrard is an 11/1 chance to ditch Rangers in favour of Newcastle.
Eddie Howe is 14/1 while Graham Potter and Zinedine Zidane are locked together at 20s.
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