Alan Pardew set to become next Newcastle manager

Alan Pardew is expected to be confirmed as the new Newcastle manager within the next 24 hours.

The Magpies were today remaining tight-lipped over the identity of their primary target as talks progressed, but Press Association Sport understands the 49-year-old is the clear front-runner in a small field which has reduced in size since the search for Chris Hughton's replacement began in earnest.

Club owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias are close to concluding a deal and are confident the new man will be in place ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool at St James' Park.

He will be given time to implement the blueprint drawn up by the club's hierarchy after three and a half years of turmoil on Tyneside.

That may not involve sizeable transfer funds or lucrative wage packets to attract new recruits, but it will give him the opportunity to plan ahead, provided that he can remove the spectre of relegation from the horizon.

Former Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton boss Pardew has been the bookmakers' favourite virtually from the off and Ladbrokes were this afternoon quoting him as a 1/9 shot with William Hill going even stronger at 1/12.

He is not the only serious option to have been considered since Hughton's departure on Monday, but with the likes of Alan Curbishley, Martin O'Neill and Martin Jol having slipped in the betting, his odds have shortened by the day.

Fans furious with Ashley's decision threw their weight firmly behind O'Neill in an online poll carried out by the city's evening newspaper, the Evening Chronicle, with the Northern Irishman attracting 42.3% of the 1,000-plus votes cast and Jol claiming 32.8%.

Pardew received just 15, or less than two percent, three times less than Hughton.

That, however, will have little bearing on Ashley's decision.

His reputation as a hard-nosed businessman is well-founded and whatever factors he takes into consideration, public opinion is unlikely to be among them.

He famously dispensed with the services of the manager he inherited from former chairman Freddy Shepherd, Sam Allardyce, in January 2008 to popular acclaim, particularly when he replaced him with Kevin Keegan.

But the move prompted a chaotic period in the club's history which ultimately resulted in relegation from the Barclays Premier League as the revolving door at St James' Park span with increasing velocity.

Having parachuted in another club legend, Alan Shearer, in a vain attempt to avoid the drop, Ashley then angered supporters further by not appointing him on a permanent basis, and it was perennial caretaker Hughton who once again had to take up the slack.

Against all the odds, the Irishman dragged the club back into the big time at the first attempt and, in the eyes of most observers, was making a fist of keeping them there when the axe fell.

However, the club's decision to delay negotiating a new contract and their reluctance to appoint a replacement for number two Colin Calderwood when he departed to take the manager's job at Hibernian in October perhaps told its own story.

Ashley is now hoping to belatedly create the stability the club has lacked for too long to allow his manager to step into the brave new world his regime football as a whole needs to embrace in an era of greater financial responsibility.

That was the motivation behind the ultimately disastrous appointment of Dennis Wise as executive director (football) during Keegan's ill-fated spell at the helm, a move which was supposed to lay the foundation for the club to scour the globe for the best young talent to develop and sell on.

In the short term, Premier League survival and the financial security that would bring is the priority, and while there may be little ready cash available to fund a January spending spree - Hughton had no plans to go back into the market - there may be some room for manoeuvre.

Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese has defended his decision to sack Pardew earlier this season.

Pardew was axed at St Mary's in August despite a solid start to the campaign in League One and replaced by Nigel Adkins.

Cortese told BBC Sport: "I'm not going into details but there were plenty of reasons why it ended up with the sack.

"All the attributes Nigel Adkins has added is something we were missing before. He's changed the attitude. His personality, his way of being, it's motivated people."

News
newsGlobal index has ranked the quality of life for OAPs - but the UK didn't even make it into the top 10
News
people

Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again

News
In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a 'dwarf planet'
scienceBut will it be reinstated?
News
people
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Researchers say a diet of fatty foods could impede smell abilities
scienceMeasuring the sense may predict a person's lifespan
Sport
footballArsenal 4 Galatasaray 1: Wenger celebrates 18th anniversary in style
News
peopleStella McCartney apologises over controversial Instagram picture
News
Gillian Anderson was paid less than her male co-star David Duchovny for three years while she was in the The X-Files until she protested and was given the same salary
people

Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood

Life and Style
Laid bare: the Good2Go app ensures people have a chance to make their intentions clear about having sex
techCould Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Arts and Entertainment
Richard Burr remains the baker to beat on the Great British Bake Off
tvRichard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Italian couples fake UK divorce scam on an ‘industrial scale’

Welcome to Maidenhead, the divorce capital of... Italy

A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?