Chris Hughton was dismissed as manager of Newcastle United this afternoon with former West Ham boss Alan Pardew chalked up as the early favourite.
The uncertainty over the future of manager Chris Hughton has come to an end – and many observers will feel that former Republic of Ireland international defender has been very harshly treated by Newcastle, who sacked him this afternoon.
The Toon lost 3-1 at West Brom on Saturday and are currently 11th in the Premier League table in their first season back in the top flight after Hughton guided them to the Championship title last term.
There have been rumours for some time that Hughton’s position was under threat, and Newcastle have now brought the whispers to an end with today’s announcement.
A statement on the club website said: “The board would like to place on record their thanks to Chris for his considerable efforts during the club’s transition from Championship to Premier League club. Chris has shown exceptional character and commitment since being appointed manager in October 2009. The club wishes him well in the future.MARTIN JOL is the new 4/5 favourite to become Newcastle manager with William Hill following his departure from Ajax. Hills make Alan Pardew 5/4 second favourite and also offer 8/1 Martin O’Nell; 10/1 Alan Curbishley; 16/1 Peter Beardsley; Joe Kinnear.
‘This is a typical pattern in the early stages of managerial markets. Punters rush from one potential contender to another every time a story breaks apparently linking certain available bosses with the job. I’ll be surprised if there aren’t several more gambles before the ultimate outcome is known’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.
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