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Newcastle United’s relegation odds HALVED following Rafael Benitez exit

Leigh Copson 24 Jun 2019
Rafael Benitez (credit:Thomas Frey/DPA/PA Images)

Could Newcastle United kiss goodbye to Premier League football once again next May following the departure of manager Rafael Benitez?


Months of speculation finally came to an end on Monday when it was confirmed that Benitez would be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of the week, and bookmakers have wasted no time in reacting to this huge development.

While all eyes will of course be on who replaces the popular Spaniard at St James’ Park, supporters will also be concerned that the club’s top-flight status could be in serious jeopardy next season.

Benitez was able to keep Newcastle in the Premier League despite operating on a shoestring budget, but bookmaker William Hill is concerned that his successor may not be able to replicate his efforts and has responded to this huge news by slashing Newcastle’s relegation odds from 6/1 all the way into 7/2.

“Rafa was very much Newcastle’s Angel of the North,” William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly told Bettingpro.com “Without his hand on the tiller, the odds of the Magpies going down have almost halved.”

Benitez’s departure is believed to be down to concerns over the club’s summer transfer plans, and although the Magpies have lived under a cloud of uncertainty for quite some time now the bookies still believe this will be a tempting post for managers.

“Despite the obvious downsides of managing Newcastle, it is a huge club and there will be no shortage of candidates applying for the job,” Crilly insisted.

Garry Monk is an early 6/1 favourite just days after his controversial sacking by Championship side Birmingham City, and he is joined on that price by ex-AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso, who does have some experience of British football thanks to a short stint with Rangers during his playing days.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is, unsurprisingly, also thought to be a frontrunner at 10/1 thanks to his impressive efforts on the South Coast, while William Hill is 12/1 that former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho makes a spectacular return to management in the North East.

He is joined on that price by ex-Sunderland boss David Moyes and current Nice chief Partrick Vieira, while former Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton is 14/1 to forgive his 2010 sacking by the Magpies and agree to a second spell in charge.

Latest William Hill Odds


Next permanent Newcastle manager: 6/1 Garry Monk; 6/1 Gennaro Gattuso; 10/1 Eddie Howe; 12/1 Jose Mourinho; 12/1 Patrick Vieira; 12/1 David Moyes; 14/1 Chris Hughton; 16/1 BAR

Premier League relegation: 4/6 Sheffield United; 10/11 Norwich City; 7/4 Burnley; 2/1 Brighton & Hove Albion; 9/4 Aston Villa; 7/2 Newcastle United; 9/2 Southampton; 5/1 Bournemouth; 6/1 Crystal Palace; 13/2 Watford.


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