Get the latest betting on next Newcastle manager, relegation and more as a Saudi Arabian consortium look set to take over the club says Max Liu...
Newcastle United's Steve Bruce is odds-on to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job amid reports that a Saudi-led consortium is on the verge of completing their takeover of the club.
The deal has been rumoured for around 18 months and fans have been desperate to see the back of current owner Mike Ashley who has been at the club for 14 years.
Money came in for a Bruce exit as the story broke on Wednesday and the odds shortened into Thursday morning while reports circulated that the takeover could be completed within 24 hours.
Bruce is 4/9 to go - a move that would be popular with fans - and the expectation is that he will be replaced by a big name manager who will be given around £350m to spend on players.
Eddie Howe is 7/4 to be the next Newcastle manager while Antonio Conte - a league title winner in Italy and the Premier League - is 9/2.
Newcastle are 19th in the Premier League after making a disappointing start to the season but they are out to 3.1511/5 in the relegation betting on the back of the takeover reports.
Newcastle fans thought it was close to happening in 2020 so they will take nothing for granted until the takeover is confirmed. If the deal does go through, they hope it will transform the club the way Roman Abramovich's purchase of Chelsea and the Abu Dhabi group's takeover at Man City did for their respective clubs.
The Magpies finished 12th in the Premier League last season but their fans want to be in the top-half at least - something they last achieved in 2018 under Rafael Benitez. He's 9/1 to return as Bruce's replacement but, enjoying life at Everton, that looks unlikely.