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Premier League Betting: Newcastle 11/4 to be relegated after appointing Steve Bruce

11:38 EAT 17/07/2019
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The 58-year-old former Sunderland boss has been appointed at St James' Park after Rafael Benitez failed to agree a new contract on Tyneside

Steve Bruce has been appointed as Newcastle United manager, replacing Rafael Benitez after the Spaniard failed to agree a new contract.

Bruce was a boyhood Magpies fan growing up and left Sheffield Wednesday for a return to Premier League management.

Punters had been nibbling at Newcastle's relegation odds since the news emerged that Benitez would be leaving the club at the end of June.

Initially priced up as a 4/1 (5.0) for the drop after finishing 13th in the top-flight last term, the Magpies are now 11/4 (3.75) for a return to the second tier.

Bruce has plenty of Premier League experience as manager after spells in charge of Birmingham City, Wigan, Hull and Sunderland - Newcastle's bitter rivals.

The 58-year-old has a tough act to follow at St James' Park though. Benitez oversaw a return to the top-flight after one season in the Championship and back-to-back mid-table finishes followed despite difficult conditions, especially when it came to transfers.

The departure of Ayoze Perez to Leicester City for £30 million has also denied Bruce's new side of their top scorer from last season's Premier League campaign. The Spaniard netted 12 times although five of those came from the penalty spot.

Although the bookmakers expect Newcastle to remain in the top-flight - priced at 2/7 (1.29)  - the managerial change has undoubtedly been seen as a negative.

“It’s undoubtedly a dream job for a boyhood fan of the club, and in truth, punters have been backing Newcastle for the drop a long time before Bruce’s name was linked with a return home” said bet365's Steve Freeth.

bet365 are 5/2 (3.50) about a top half finish and 2/9 (1.27) that the Magpies finish 11th or lower in the 2019-20 campaign.

While there had been talk of a takeover by the Bin Zayed Group on Tyneside this summer, the latest reports suggest those negotiations have stalled.
 
Owner Mike Ashley has long been unpopular with Newcastle fans. With just four weeks to go until the season gets underway and the Premier League transfer window closes, it remains to be seen if Bruce will be given any significant investment to bolster the squad.

The Magpies get their campaign underway against Arsenal at St James' Park on Sunday 11 August. bet365 make the hosts a 29/10 (3.90) chance to kick-off their season with a victory.

Odds correct at the time of publish. Please gamble responsibly.

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