Chris Wilder would throw his name into the hat at Newcastle should the managerial position become vacant anytime soon, according to The Chronicle.
Pressure is currently piled on Steve Bruce following our disastrous start to the season, which has saw us fail to win in our opening seven league games and be dumped out the Carabao Cup by Burnley.
Fans have vented their anger towards the dugout in recent weeks, with the vast majority believing now is the time to sack Bruce over international break.
Doing so would mean paying a hefty compensation package – believed to be around £3million in total – and assistants Steve Clemente and Steve Agnew would also have to be paid off.
Wilder has been out of work since being dismissed by Sheff Utd last year and would be a favourable appointment by Ashley, as he would not have to strike a deal with another club to prise him away.
He helped The Blades reach the promised land of the Premier League after taking over when they were in League One – and somehow guided them to a 9th placed finish in their first season back – but they were relegated last season following a dreadful campaign that saw them finish rock bottom of the table.
It remains to be seen whether he is a good manager or if he was just a good fit for his hometown club, with his managerial credentials beyond the job he did in Sheffield being underwhelming to say the least.