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We take a look at a few of the candidates to take over as Newcastle United manager.

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Alan Pardew has left for Crystal Palace, which means Newcastle will need a new manager. Let's take a look at the potential candidates.

Frank de Boer (4-1, 21/10)--  Just over 10 years removed from his playing days at Barcelona (he hung on for a handful of years at Rangers and a couple middle-eastern sides), de Boer has spent most of his management years in the setup at Ajax Amsterdam.  He was their youth squad manager from 2006-2008 before becoming assistant manager for the Netherlands national team from 2008-2010.  Since 2010 he has been manager of the senior side at Ajax, leading them to the Eredivisie title in each of his full years in charge and leading his team to a +203 league goal differential in those years.

Tim Sherwood (10-1, 14-1)-- Following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas in December of 2013, Sherwood was given the reigns for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.  While there is much that might suggest that Sherwood is a viable candidate for the Newcastle job – for instance he should be relatively inexpensive in salary and is from London, so... – but to read reviews of his tenure at White Hart Lane might be fairly reminiscent of Alan Pardew.

Glen Hoddle (12-1, 14-1) -- Hoddle has not been in active management for a number of years - recently returning to a bench role for Harry Redknapp at QPR.  He had stated that he would not be returning to management until the Glenn Hoddle Youth Academy which he set up in Spain was able to run itself, so it might look like a return to full management may be on the cards.  As numbers are changing, Hoddle's odds are getting longer instead of shorter, so it seems like his triumphant return to management is not likely to occur in this place at this time.

Rafa Benitez (12-1. 10-1) --  Former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Benitez is currently managing Serie A side Napoli, and Newcastle wouldn't be the first club to be linked with the Spaniard in recent weeks.  With a reputation for playing too many players in his squad rotation system, he may be a popular pick for the likes of Remy Cabella who can't get more than 4 minutes at a time under Alan Pardew... but on the other hand this is the same man that poked at Chelsea fans enough to get them offended.  Can you imagine?  He'd never last in the northeast.

Tony Pulis (7/2, 3-1) -- Renowned as the hoofball merchant that established Stoke City as a mid-table thorn in the side for everyone else, but in a surprising stint at Crystal Palace, he eschewed the tactics that had made Stoke secure and presided over some pretty nice football.  I suppose we won't know exactly which version of The Divine Ballcap we get, but to a certain degree there is a feeling of least-of-evils about a Pulis-to-Newcastle candidacy.

Christoph Galtier (16-1, 14-1) -- Galtier is another with a fairly limited management CV with all of his time having been spent at current club Saint-Etienne.  When he took over, the club were looking at relegation and he led them to safety in that first partial season.  Since establishing safety he followed up with seasons of 10th, 7th and 5th places.  Insofar as he is French it seems like he might be a comfort to the sizable contingent of his countrymen on Tyneside, but figuring exactly what the attraction here would be for Mike Ashley is a more difficult proposition.

Who would you like to see take over?