The Premier League could be set for the sensational return of Rafael Benitez. The Spaniard is the odds-on favourite to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle United manager at St James’ Park.
As the proposed sale of the club by Mike Ashley to Saudi-backed PCP Capital Partners edges closer, talk of investment and a new direction intensifies.
Our traders have priced up the most likely names to replace the seemingly exit-bound Steve Bruce, and as things stand it’s Benitez who is 4/5 favourite.
Benitez was a popular figure on Tyneside during his three-year spell in charge of the club before he left to manage Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League. Could a Toon return be on the cards?
Elsewhere, Max Allegri is 3/1 for the job, with Mauricio Pochettino a 4/1 shot and every other name currently being 20/1 or bigger in the betting.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Rafa is all-but set for a shock Newcastle return if the latest odds are anything to go by, following Newcastle’s takeover.”
Ladbrokes Latest Betting
Next Newcastle manager
4/5 – Rafael Benitez
3/1 – Max Allegri
4/1 – Mauricio Pochettino
20/1 – Steven Gerrard
25/1 – Marcelo Bielsa
25/1 – Chris Wilder
25/1 – Eddie Howe
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.