Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley

The TWELVE candidates Mike Ashley is eyeing to replace Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United - according to the bookmakers

Rafa Benitez's future at Newcastle United remains uncertain - and the bookmakers have begun to speculate on who may take the reigns at St James's Park.

While there is still plenty of hope that Benitez will remian on Tyneside, various betting outlets are offering odds on his potential replacement. And they feel there are TWELVE serious contenders that Mike Ashley could be eyeing to replace the Spaniard should he depart. Scroll down and click through the pages to see who the bookmakers are backing to take over from Benitez at Newcastle United - and their odds to land the job:

Odds as of 13 May: 20/1

5. Patrick Vieira

Odds as of 13 May: 20/1
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Odds as of 13 May: 20/1

6. Michael O'Neill

Odds as of 13 May: 20/1
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Odds as of 13 May: 16/1

7. Nigel Pearson

Odds as of 13 May: 16/1
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Odds as of 13 May: 16/1

8. Michael Laudrup

Odds as of 13 May: 16/1
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