A 300m deal is in the works at the moment…
Bookmakers have slashed odds on Steve Bruce not being in charge of Newcastle United, amid reports Mike Ashley will sell the club.
It’s now odds-on that Bruce is not in charge on the first day of next season, with bookies pricing it up at 4/11 that he’s not in the dugout for the 2020/21 season.
On the other side, it’s now 2/1 that Bruce remains in charge of the Toon beyond this season.
In terms of the favourite to potentially succeed Bruce in the hot-seat, it’s a familiar face in Rafa Benitez that’s favourite at 3/1.
Next is Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard (10/1) alongside Massimilano Allegri (10/1).
Sean Dyche follows next as the fourth favourite, priced at 12/1, alongside Roberto Martinez (12/1) and Eddie Howe (14/1).
Laurent Blanc is 16/1 to replace Bruce, the same price as Michael Carrick (16/1). Chris Wilder is a 20/1 shot, as is Marco Rose 20/1 and Kevin Keegan (25/1).
Dragging up the rear of the market, the True Geordie is 150/1 to take over at St James’, Mohammed Bin Salman is 150/1 and Ant or Dec is 250/1.
Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: “The much-maligned Steve Bruce, who was a wholly unpopular successor to Rafa Benitez, certainly silenced a large number of his critics with the work he's done at Newcastle United this season.
“However, despite his relative success, the prospective Toon takeover will likely see the new Middle Eastern owners plump for a more attractive choice of manager in the St. James' Park dugout, leaving boyhood Magpies fan Bruce out in the cold.”
No - 4/11