Massimiliano Allegri has emerged as the one of the red-hot favourites to take over as manager of Premier League side Newcastle United — but first the Toon Army will have to be bought out. And with the news that a deal said to be worth a staggering £350million inches ever closer more and more money is flooding in to bookies as punters have a flutter on the former Juventus head coach to be the new boss at St James’s Park.
As a result of the interest in Italian Allegri, who has been out of a job since he left Juve (where he won five Serie A titles) at the end of last season, to replace Steve Bruce bookmakers have cut the odds on him being in the hot seat sooner rather than later. And if you think your luck is in with a bet or two why not try your luck with all the amazing games at Casimba Casino where you will receive a 100% Welcome Bonus and discover and enjoy some of their most popular games. The whole scenario has come about with the revolution that the current owner of the Magpies’ owner Mike Ashley (who has been owner of Newcastle for more than 12 years) is said to be in talks with a consortium led by ace fixer Amanda Staveley.
And the first thing that the prospective new owners will do, apparently, is axe former Manchester United defender Bruce and bring in Allegri, with the odds for this to happen already tumbling to 6/1. It should be said, though, that former Geordies manager Rafa Benitez (who left United last summer after a row with Ashley) is still the favourite at 3/1 — but expect more money on Allegri in the coming days.
Toon Army fans are said to be excited by the prospect of Ashley selling out to the consortium after a period in which they claim there has been a severe lack of investment in the playing squad which, as a direct result, has led to a big divide between the owner and the supporters. The hostility is evident when at almost every Newcastle match, game-going fans chant various songs about his ownership — the lyrics are quite scathing of the owner and, well, let’s just say that they are not for the faint hearted.
Jeff Norris, an excited fan of Newcastle who now lives on the south coast, says the supporters have been loyal throughout the Ashley era despite their grievances. And he adds that there will be a new air of optimism at the cub if the takeover happens. He said:
“For far too long this club has been in the doldrums and this is very much an opportunity for the new owners to get the belief going again and get the fans behind them with new investment and get the club back to where we belong rather than flirting with relegation every season. Let’s hope it happens!”