David Moyes to Newcastle? Here's who the bookmakers think will replace Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez's future at St James's Park remains unclear - but who is being backed to replace the Newcastle manager?

By Mark Donnelly
Monday, 11 February, 2019, 11:05
Rafa Benitez's future at St James's Park remains unclear

The Spaniard's current deal on Tyneside expires at the end of the season and it is not yet certain whether he will be willing to extend his deal - despite being allowed to break the club's long-standing transfer record during the January window. Many fans are already resigned to losing the popular boss and reports have already emerged linking Newcastle with replacements should Benitez depart. But who do the bookmakers think could replace him? Here's some of the names in the frame:

The former Dortmund and current PSG coach is long odds to take over at St James's Park - and whether he would leave the French giants would have to be questioned.
The Newcastle United legend has already spent one stint in the St James's Park dugout - but these long odds suggest a second is far from likely.
The experienced boss has been heavily linked with the Newcastle job before - but a surprising return to management seems unlikely at this time.
Hughes' vast amount of Premier League experience could make him an appealing choice - but plenty of supporters could be deterred by his unsuccessful spell at Southampton.
Monk has enjoyed mixed success during his managerial career - and a spell in the North East with Middlesbrough was underwhelming. His recent work at Birmingham, though, is impressive.
The former Arsenal midfielder is making a name for himself in management, with spells at New York City and Nice providing him with some vital experience. Would he be worth a punt?
The Dane has previously impressed on a limited budget in the Premier League during his time at Swansea - and that could prove an attractive trait to owner Mike Ashley.

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Club management has proved difficult for Bilic to master, but the former defender - currently managing in Saudi Arabia - impressed on the international stage. He could be a viable candidate.
An unsuccessful record of late coupled with the fact Moyes is a former Sunderland manager would surely make this an unpopular choice. But that hasn't stopped the bookmakers backing him.
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Another with Newcastle connections following a spell at St James's Park in the late 1980's, O'Neill has been heavily tipped to move into club management after impressing with Northern Ireland.
Howe continues to impress at Bournemouth and has been linked with many a top job in England. Appointing the ex-Burnley boss would surely be a coup for Newcastle.
The former Liverpool and Swansea boss is the bookmakers' favourite and could be keen on a Premier League return after several successful years with Celtic.
While his name doesn't feature in the betting, a report from the Times suggested that the recently-departed Huddersfield boss is one name being eyed by Newcastle.