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 11/8.
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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.
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 – 11/8
- Frank Lampard – 4/1
- Lucien Favre – 6/1
- Antonio Conte – 8/1
- Roberto Martinez – 10/1
- Steven Gerrard – 10/1
- Graeme Jones – 12/1
- Eddie Howe – 16/1
- Ralf Rangnick – 18/1
- Graham Potter – 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 8/1 with former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre just ahead at 6s.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, who is itching for a return to club management is available at 10s, along with Rangers' Steven Gerrard.
Assistant manager Graeme Jones is a 12/1 chance – and will be deemed a winner by Sky Bet if he manages at least 10 competitive games.
Eddie Howe is 16/1 while Ralf Rangnick and Graham Potter are available at 18/1 and 20/1 respectively.
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