John Terry in frame to be Newcastle boss as ex-Chelsea star emerges as fifth-favourite

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Chelsea legend John Terry has become a strong contender for the vacant Newcastle manager job after his odds were slashed in the space of two hours. The 40-year-old departed his role as assistant head coach at Aston Villa in the summer with the view of taking a top job. 

Newcastle have been looking for a new manager since parting ways with Steve Bruce earlier this month. Graeme Jones is currently in caretaker charge and will have his final game against Chelsea this weekend.  

The club’s new owners finally decided to let Bruce go as fan resentment intensified in the aftermath of the Magpies’ 3-2 defeat against Tottenham.  

Several bosses have been linked with the job. Terry’s former England team-mates Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have both been suggested as possible successors to Bruce.  

Ex-Roma coach Paulo Fonseca has been the favourite for a while and is widely reported to have held talks with Amanda Staveley over taking the job. Roberto Martinez, the former Everton boss who currently manages Belgium, is also in the frame. 

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However, Terry is now considered a favourite. The former Chelsea and England captain has been putting the final touches on his coaching badges and is set to secure the coveted UEFA Pro License, according to the Sun. 

Betfair have seen his odds to replace Bruce slashed from 66-1 to 9-2, making him the fifth favourite. Fonseca remains the likeliest to take charge.  

Terry recently departed Villa after three years, initially as a player and then as a coach.  

“It has been a tremendous honour and privilege to have spent these last three years at Aston Villa, but I feel now is the right time to make the extremely difficult decision to move on,” he said in a statement in July. 

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“I want to be as respectful to the manager and everyone at Aston Villa as I can and, having given my future serious consideration over the summer, I genuinely don’t feel it is fair to move into a new season without being certain of seeing that through. 

“My immediate plan is to spend some quality time with my family and, thereafter, hopefully take up some invitations to visit clubs and managers around Europe to develop my aim and objective of becoming a manager. 

“It has always been my ambition to move into football management and, providing the right opportunity presents itself, I feel ready to take up such a challenge.”

Newcastle director Staveley has promised fans that the new manager will be backed with the additions of ‘world-class’ signings. 

“We are in the market to compete for world-class players,” she said after her consortium, which is 80 per cent backed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, took control of the club.  

“We have great ambitions — I hope it’s going to be a game changer for Newcastle United.

“But if you don’t put the infrastructure around that world-class player and you don’t have a team that can play with him, you’ll get nowhere.” 

She added: “The training ground is really awful and needs a huge amount of investment. Luckily, that is one area we are not restricted by Financial Fair Play. There is no point in having fantastic players if there is nowhere for them to train. 

“To get to the top of the Premier League you need a strong foundation, not just great players. They need to be robust and we need to build them. We also want to invest in St James’ Park — it needs a little bit more love.”
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