Two-time A-League coach of the year Ernie Merrick is the favourite to take over the vacant coaching job with the Newcastle Jets.
Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has posted Merrick at the top of the list at $4.00.
The Scotsman holds an edge over Mike Mulvey $6.00 and Clayton Zane $7.00.
The A-League cellar-dwellers want to finish top six next season, but former Chelsea skipper John Terry ($251) and Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger ($501) are unlikely to fit into their budget.
“Despite fan protests Arsenal are tipped to re-sign Wenger, so Ernie Merrick is the logical choice to turn things around at the Jets. He took Melbourne Victory to two A-League championships, and he’s currently out of a coaching job after leaving the Wellington Phoenix,’’ said sportsbet.com.au’s Will Byrne.
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Next permanent Newcastle Jets coach
$4.00 Ernie Merrick
$6.00 Mike Mulvey
$7.00 Clayton Zane
$10 Mark Rudan
$13 Phil Moss
$17 Josep Gombau
$251 John Terry
$501 Arsene Wenger