Alan Pardew is set to be named as the new Newcastle United manager within the next 24 hours, according to reports.
The former Reading, West Ham, Charlton and Southampton boss was immediately installed as favourite for the Newcastle vacancy following Chris Hughton’s dismissal on Monday.
Pardew, 49, has been out of work since being sacked by Southampton in August.
Pardew, who is an associate of director Derek Llambias, was in talks with Newcastle about taking over at St James’ Park as long as 10 days ago, according to the reports.
With over 500 games under his belt, Pardew fulfils owner Mike Ashley’s criteria for a manager with management experience, but he has limited Premier League pedigree.
Among the other names linked with the St James’ Park post are former Tottenham manager Martin Jol, who stepped down as Ajax boss on Monday and ex-Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill.
Pardew attracted just 14 votes in a local newspaper poll of Newcastle fans on who they wanted as the new manager.
Out of more than 1,000 responses to the poll, Pardew claimed less than 2% (14 votes).
Former Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill was the favourite with 42.3%. Ex-Tottenham manager Martin Jol, who quit his job at Ajax on Monday before ruling himself out of the Newcastle job attracted 32.8%. Former player and manager Alan Shearer took 7.8% of the votes.