Next Newcastle manager odds: Who could replace Steve Bruce at St James’ Park?

Steve Bruce and Newcastle United have never really had a happy marriage, so is it time for a conscious uncoupling?


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The pressure never eases on Steve Bruce at Newcastle United and with a slow start to the season fans are still unhappy with his management. The boyhood Toon fan has never really felt the love from his fellow supporters and the relationship seems to be beyond repair.

Lacklustre, unimaginative and defensive displays against seemingly everyone they face is grating on the Toon faithful and that, coupled with the failed Saudi takeover, has left a very unhappy fanbase up in the North East of England. If it wasn’t for the joy that Allan Saint-Maximin brings you feel there’d be riots in the Bigg Market every weekend.

While Mike Ashley might be happy with a 17th-placed finish every season, the discontent is growing by the day. If the Newcastle board do pull the trigger, Paddy’s traders have priced up who’s next in line to be the Next Permanent Newcastle Manager.

Eddie Howe

Our traders don’t think former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will be out of work for much longer. The 43-year-old has been priced up for a number of jobs and the one up at St James’ is no different. His last action in the dugout was to watch the Cherries get relegated and he’ll be hoping to bounce back in style.

Eddie Howe Next Permanent Newcastle Manager

Graeme Jones

Graeme Jones arrived at Newcastle as their third assistant manager during the 2020/21 season. As soon as it was confirmed that the Geordie had moved north from Bournemouth, rumours started swirling about a succession plan and his odds for the big job tumbled. He has experience in the hot seat having managed Luton.

Graeme Jones Next Permanent Newcastle Manager

Chris Wilder

Chris Wilder has shown he can work miracles with minuscule budgets, for a time at least. The former Sheffield United boss was the toast of the Premier League in their first season back in the bigtime but it all went wrong in 2020/21. You’d imagine he will be able to deliver exactly what Mike Ashley is after – 17th or higher every season with the tools at his disposal.

Chris Wilder Next Permanent Newcastle Manager

Chris Wilder Sheffield United

Roberto Martinez

Former Everton boss Roberto Martinez was widely expected to be leaving Belgium after Euro 2021 but he’s still there. Perhaps the right job didn’t come up, perhaps he never had any intentions of leaving. Surely he’d be mad to swap Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Co for Newcastle?

Roberto Martinez Next Permanent Newcastle Manager

Frank Lampard

This could be a potentially career-ending job for Frank Lampard if he’s mad enough to take the Toon hotseat. The former Chelsea boss was appointed due to his playing reputation and paid the price after failing to get the best out of his expensively-assembled squad. Still, that’s not a problem he would face at Newcastle, at least.

Frank Lampard Next Permanent Newcastle Manager

Andre Villas-Boas

If a gravelly voices and a short temper is your thing then Andre Villas-Boas is your man. The Portuguese is a bit fiery and would certainly not be a ‘yes man’ up on the Toon. Expect fireworks if this one happens.

Andre Villas-Boas Next Permanent Newcastle Manager

Andre Villas-Boas

Mark Hughes

Former Stoke, Manchester City and Fulham boss Mark Hughes is also in the running. Sparky hasn’t managed anyone since a short stint at Southampton in 2018 and might be considered as a like-for-like replacement for Bruce. It’s unlikely Hughes’ appointment would give the Toon Army much cheer, though.

Mark Hughes Next Permanent Newcastle Manager

Alan Shearer

Maybe Newcastle supporters are hoping Alan Shearer will return as a player/manager as his first stint as Toon boss didn’t end too well. His short spell as manager culminated in Newcastle being relegated from the top flight. But, with the Magpies seemingly on a slow, grinding fall into the Championship once again, maybe Mike Ashley will bring in Shearer to just get it over and done with.

Alan Shearer Next Permanent Newcastle Manager

Laurent Blanc

Laurent Blanc is a bit of a maverick shout on this list. The ex-Paris St-Germain manager is out in Qatar at the moment in charge of Al-Rayyan but a man with his managerial and playing CV might be on the lookout for a return to the big time.

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