Eddie Howe is the bookies ‘favorite to land the spot at Newcastle after Unai Emery’s sensational U-turn taking on the role … and former boss Rafa Benitez is the fourth favorite to make a sensational return to St James’ Park
Eddie Howe is now the bookies’ favorite to land the Newcastle spot after Unai Emery turned down the opportunity to lead the team into a new era with its owners led by Saudi Arabia.
Emery had talks to take over at St James’ Park and was interested in the role, but took a U-turn, issuing a statement declaring that he is happy at Villarreal, forcing Newcastle to look elsewhere.
And former Bournemouth boss Howe appears to be leading the way, with Betfair backing him as the 8/15 favorite. He has been without a club since leaving Vitality Stadium in 2020 following the Cherries relegation.
Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is the bookies’ favorite to take over as Newcastle boss
Paulo Fonseca (R) is the second favorite with 13/2, followed by Roberto Martínez with 8/1
He spent 11 years with Bournemouth in two separate stints, the second lasting eight seasons, and he achieved a great achievement by taking them from League One to the Premier League with limited resources.
He began his first spell with the club at the foot of League 2 and fought a point deduction to maintain his Football League status in 2009.
Betfair’s second favorite is Paulo Fonseca, who is backed on 2/13, followed by Belgian manager Roberto Martinez on 1/8.
Martinez was linked to the Barcelona spot after guiding Belgium to 1st place in the FIFA world rankings, but it looks like Xavi will get the spot, while Fonseca came close to taking over Tottenham in the summer and has been chosen to Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez is backed on 20/1 to make a sensational comeback despite recently joining Everton
A surprising entry on the list is former Magpies boss Rafa Benitez, who is the fourth seed at 20/1. The Spaniard was only named Everton’s coach in the summer, but has come under fire after three consecutive defeats.
He spent three years at St James’ Park and struck a chord with his fans, but was forced to leave after falling out with previous owner Mike Ashley.
Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo has just lost his job, but he also has a 20/1 chance to immediately return to management and fill the position, as does John Terry, who is seeking his first appointment as manager.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag had been very attached to the job and Newcastle were looking to make him the highest paid boss in the league, but he is said to have concerns about the role and is now up to 50/1.
The Ajax boss was on Newcastle’s wish list but is reportedly concerned about the role and is at 50/1
It comes after Emery threw Newcastle’s managerial plans into chaos by turning down the opportunity to become its next boss and replace Steve Bruce.
In a statement Wednesday, Emery said he was happy at his ‘home’ and wanted to stay at the club.
“No matter how much noise there was yesterday in another country, within the club there was transparency and loyalty with the Roig family and with my squad, which is the most important thing,” he said in a statement released in his personal social networks accounts.
Unai Emery has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to become Newcastle manager
Emery went to sleep about his future with a statement saying that he is staying at Villarreal
‘Villarreal CF is my home and I am 100% committed. I sincerely appreciate the interest of a great club, but even more grateful to be here and that is why I communicated to Fernando Roig my decision to want to continue being part of this project because of the commitment and respect that I perceive from the club and my players, which is mutual and reciprocal.
I want to thank the fans for the support they have always shown me. On Sunday we have a very important game and I hope that together we can achieve victory. ‘
Newcastle is currently led by acting boss Graeme Jones and the search continues for a new man in charge to change its season. They are 19th in the Premier League table.