The next Newcastle manager market has been up and down as much as the team’s form in recent days, but we now seem to have arrived at a firm favourite.
Former Arsenal midfielder Remi Garde, who left Lyon in the summer, has come in dramatically and been installed at the head of the betting at 3.50 after it was confirmed by the Newcastle Chronicle that the 48-year-old – who won the French Cup in 2012 – was on the Magpies’ shortlist.
What sort of manager is he though, and will he do a good job?
Here we evaluate him and some of the other contenders for the St James’ Park hotseat.
Remi Garde – 3.50 favourite
After prospering with some French players in recent years – before going a bit too far and signing everyone who’d ever taken the ferry to Calais – then it would make sense for Newcastle to turn to a man who has learned at the feet of the likes of Arsene Wenger and Gerard Houllier.
Pros: Would get the best out of the French players, knows the Premier League, out of work (so cheap), isn’t Alan Pardew.
Cons: Uninspiring last season with Lyon, not much managerial experience.
Steve McClaren – 4.50
Having gone abroad for long enough so that we could all forget about the England debacle (and laugh at something else) ‘Schteve’ is tearing it up in the Championship with Derby County, who are playing some great football and looking determined to make up for last season’s playoff final heartbreak.
Pros: Experienced, has an impressive CV, isn’t Alan Pardew.
Cons: Difficult to prise away from Derby, reputation isn’t fully healed, umbrellas.
Tim Sherwood – 5.50
Everyone’s favourite gilet-wearing, cheddar-enjoying, 4-4-2-playing motivator didn’t quite get things right at Tottenham, but that hasn’t stopped him wanting to dip his toe back in the managerial waters. Has twice ‘pulled out’ of the running to be West Brom boss when it transpired that they wanted someone else.
Pros: Passion, pride, passion, fighting for the shirt, and passion. Isn’t Alan Pardew.
Cons: Gilets and memes. Constantly.
Glenn Hoddle – 8.00
Despite being without a managerial job since leaving Wolves in 2006, Glen Hoddle continues to link himself to various vacancies and has actually found some support for the Newcastle job. These days coaching at QPR, it is unclear whether Hoddle would call upon the advice of faith healer Eileen Drewery, now 74, should he relocate to the north-east, but as his union with Chris Waddle showed, he does have a rapport with Geordies.
Pros: Great contacts within the game, employing him would stop him doing punditry work, isn’t Alan Pardew.
Cons: It’s Glenn Hoddle, they’re not actually going to give it to him are they?
John Carver – 8.00
Like the faithful St Bernard coming to the aid of the troubled hiker, Geordie Carver has stepped into the breach at St James’ during this latest period of unease. He wants the job on more than just a temporary basis though, and Ashley might give it to him until the end of the season if only he could inspire the team to an impressive performance. They play Chelsea away next…
Pros: Knows club inside out, speaks the same language as the supporters, isn’t Alan Pardew.
Cons: Learned from Alan Pardew, not very inspirational, feels like a quick fix, looks a bit like Joey Barton's dad.
The Best Of The Rest:
Ally McCoist – 13.00
Did A Question Of Sport’s favourite son quit his role at Rangers for a crack at this job? Not if Mike Ashley ever wants some credibility he didn’t.
What’s that? Oh.
Steve Bruce – 26.00
A glorious homecoming for a man who never actually played for his boyhood club, but did make Sunderland a bit rubbish? Will Hull struggling, don’t rule it out.
Fabricio Coloccini – 51.00