Could Newcastle delay for a Euro 2008 manager?

Alan Shearer has been instantly installed as the favourite for the Newcastle job, a fan favourite he boasts no managerial experience - but everyone has to start somewhere.  Interesting names in the market include the formidable Martin Jol who took Spurs to consecutive fifth placed finishes in 2006 and 2007 - the best finishes for Spurs in years; Jose Mourinho who is surely waiting for a more high profile challenge and Jurgen Klinsmann who is also linked with the Liverpool job.  That only five men are rated more likely to take over than Steve McClaren, demonstrates how thin the market will be.

Ladbrokes spokesman, Nick Weinberg, said:

"Inevitably Toon legend Shearer is going to be the name on everyones' lips."

The Newcastle statement did not suggest that a replacement was imminent, so there is a possibility that Newcastle could install a caretaker for the second half of the season and then pick up a Euro 2008 coach - like Scolari or Hiddink.

LATEST BETTING; Next Permanent Newcastle Manager

A Shearer   4/6
Jol      4/1
Lippi   10/1
Hitzfeld  10/1
Mourinho 12/1
G Hoddle 16/1
P Jewell 16/1
S McClaren   16/1
J Collins 20/1
Klinsmann 25/1

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The Newcastle statement did not suggest that a replacement was imminent, so there is a possibility that Newcastle could install a caretaker for the second half of the season and then pick up a Euro 2008 coach - like Scolari or Hiddink"


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