Alan Pardew new favourite for the sack as Newcastle appoint Kinnear
With yesterday’s shock appointment of Joe Kinnear as Director of Football at Newcastle United, there has been a shift in the Premier League sack race market.
Alan Pardew is now favourite for the chop at 6/5 (Sky Bet). The former Charlton and West Ham boss was appointed by owner Mike Ashley in December 2010 after Chris Hughton was removed just months after guiding the team to promotion back into the Premier League.
Hughton was given the job on a full -time basis – replacing Kinnear, who had fallen ill, and then Alan Shearer, who had taken the job on an interim basis until the end of the season – after two stints as caretaker and with the team in disarray after slipping out of the top flight for the first time since 1993.
After establishing Newcastle in the top flight Pardew guided the club to a fifth-place finish in his first full season, above the likes of Liverpool and Champions League winners Chelsea, but suffered a difficult campaign last year.
After flirting with relegation towards the end of the season Newcastle finished 15th, just five points above Wigan in 18th. The team’s form led to speculation about Pardew’s future even though he had signed an 8-year contract in September of 2012. It has been suggested however that there is a clause which restricts the total pay-out to just a year’s salary if the 51-year-old is sacked.
The presence of Kinnear, returning to football for the first time since leaving the St James’ Park dugout in 2009, has heightened the speculation and yesterday the odds shifted dramatically from 16/1 to 6/5, making Pardew the favourite for the boot ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is second favourite in the managerial departure market at 2/1 (Ladbrokes) amid continued rumours of his frustration over the Welsh club’s activity in the transfer market, while Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas is 6/1 (Sky Bet) following rumours of an approach from French giants PSG, with current boss Carlo Ancelotti’s imminent move to Real Madrid expected to be completed shortly.