Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Newcastle Sign Another Manager (And I'm Doubly Annoyed)

It's looking very likely that Alan Pardew will be announced as the new manager of Newcastle United within the next few hours.

So much for the club claiming Chris Hughton was fired to make way for someone with more experience.

What has Pardew done that is better than Hughton?

Pardew's only claim to fame is he has guided two teams to the Premier League. Hughton did that albeit with one.

Sure, Pardew got a team to the FA Cup final. West Ham didn't win, though.

When news of Chris Hughton's firing reached me, the first thing I did was look at the 'Next Newcastle Manager' odds on betting websites.

The one name that I liked was Martin Jol. He was 16/1 on most sites but saw him on BetFair at odds equivalent to 29/1 so I placed a sneaky £2 on him. After all, Jol was still Ajax manager but his name is often linked with the Newcastle United job whenever there is a vacancy.

And then I woke up yesterday morning to find that Jol had resigned from his job at the Amsterdam club.

I was confident that he would be the next Newcastle manager. Odds indicated he was the second favourite (2/1).

I spent the rest of yesterday following the story on news sites. I had some good indicators that my bet would be a successful one.

But, it was all for nothing. I've woken up this morning to the news that Pardew is on his way to Tyneside to sign a contract.

A terrible choice of manager in my opinion.

Martin Jol was a far better choice. I would still say this had I not placed a bet on him.

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