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Ex-Chelsea player now odds-on favourite to be Newcastle manager: What reception will he get from the fans?

Kevin Keegan is unlikely to be returning as Newcastle manager for a third time and Alan Shearer has decided against throwing his hat into the ring for the vacant position at St James’ Park. Therefore, it appears as though any appointment will not be to the fans’ liking, although this one could send a cacophony of boos ringing around Tyneside.

The Daily Mail report that Gus Poyet is on the verge of becoming the Magpies new manager, having elevated himself from Leeds to Tottenham last season, to become Juande Ramos’ assistant. He’s obviously well-regarded as a coach, with many attributing Leeds’ meteoric rise last year to the Uruguayan, rather than his pal Dennis Wise, who now sits upstairs at Newcastle.

One of the key reasons for Keegan’s departure was his inability to get along with the management structure at Newcastle including the executive director (football) Dennis Wise and the influential Vice President (Player Recruitment) Tony Jimenez.

However Poyet has a good relationship with Wise and was his assistant manager during the Wise’s time at Leeds and Swindon as well as having played together for Chelsea.

Poyet, who has impressed as the high-profile right hand man of Tottenham manager Juande Ramos, leads the race for the hot seat from Brazilian legend Zico.

The best price you can get on Poyet becoming Newcastle manager (at the time of writing) is 4/6, this is looking increasingly like a done deal. What do supporters think of this potential appointment? Are you happy, sad or just plain angry?

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