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On a day of extraordinary contradiction, even by Tyneside's standards, Sam Allardyce was sacked as manager of Newcastle United yesterday afternoon and into the river of speculation that runs through this football-daft city immediately waded the names of Jose Mourinho, Alan Shearer and Harry Redknapp.