Jose Mourinho has had his odds slashed into the clear favourite to become the next Newcastle manager following a flurry of bets in the last 24 hours.
The Portuguese tactician has been out of a job since he was sacked by Manchester United in December.
According to Oddschecker, just over 30% of all bets following Newcastle’s statement have been placed on the Special One making his way to Tyneside, prompting bookies to cut prices.
Mourinho has been cut from 13/2 into 3/1 with one bookie, and is a best price of 6/1 to be named as Rafa Benitez’ successor.
That now leads the market, with another former Man United boss, David Moyes, the second favourite at 8/1 to take over at the Toon.
Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta is the third favourite at 10/1, followed by Garry Monk (10/1), Avram Grant (11/1) and Chris Hughton (14/1).
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Next Newcastle manager:
Jose Mourinho – 6/1
David Moyes – 8/1
Mikel Arteta – 10/1
Garry Monk – 10/1
Avram Grant – 11/1
Chris Hughton – 14/1
Steve Bruce – 20/1
Gennaro Gattuso – 25/1
John Carver – 100/1
Ant & Dec – 500/1
Yesterday, Arteta shot to the early front-runner with the early money, although, has now dropped down to the fourth most popular punt on Oddschecker.
All of; Jose Mourinho (30.59%), David Moyes (7%) and Garry Monk (6.5%) have attracted more betting attention than Pep Guardiola’s assistant.
Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson said: “Jose Mourinho’s usual mandate is that the club he is joining is one of the biggest and wealthiest in the country.
“So joining Mike Ashley’s Newcastle, where the purse strings are notoriously tight, seems pretty far-fetched.
“This isn’t stopping the money piling in though, with Mourinho continuing to prove popular.”