There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding Newcastle United at the moment. A takeover is rumoured to be close but all has gone quiet. Players are not sure of their futures. There is also the small issue of Rafa Benitez and his future.
No one quite knows what is going on at Newcastle and the situation has not changed, as things stand Mike Ashley remains the owner and the futures of players and staff are unclear.
Over the weekend rumours have emerged that Rafa Benitez will leave the club, that will be a massive loss to the fans, the club and the English league. Attention then naturally turns to who will replace him. Bookmakers have released the odds and there is a shock with who is at the top of the betting.
Newly unemployed Garry Monk is currently the 5/1 favourite with bookmaker BetVictor. It comes as a surprise with Monk not having managed in the Premier League since he was sacked by Swansea back in December 2015.
Monk does however, have significant experience in the Championship. He took over at Leeds in the summer of 2016 and led Leeds to a 7th placed finish in the league but shocked many when he left the club at the end of that season. He was named as the new manager of Middlesbrough, who had just been relegated from the Premier League.
However, that also proved to be a short stay. Monk was sacked in December 2018 and rep[laced by former Stoke manager Tony Pulis.
In March 2018 he was appointed Birmingham Manager and saved the club from relegation. Last season Monk’s side had made good prioress and were looking to make a charge on the top six. However, a nine point deduction for breaking the EFL’s profitability and sustainabilty rules saw that challenge end.
Birmingham finished in 17th comfortably clear of the relegation zone but after a reported row with the Board Monk was sacked by Birmingham last week and is now looking for a new job.
Could Monk be in line for a return to the top flight? Would be very interesting to see what he would do if given the job.