According to The Mail, the new owners of Newcastle United are considering a move for Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers.
The same piece – written by North-East reporter Craig Hope – also claims that Steve Gerrard is ‘intrigued’ by the situation at St James’ Park, with those close to the Rangers boss expecting this to be his last season in Scotland.
Elsewhere, The Mail reveal that Steve Bruce WILL be replaced before next Sunday’s clash with Spurs, as Amanda Staveley and Co. feel it could be damaging to our momentum if he is still in the dugout for the first game of the new era.
The 60-year-old will be expensive to sack and could receive a whopping £8m to be paid off in full, however Hope reports that the new owners will be happy to settle the bill – something Mike Ashley was always reluctant to do, despite our winless start to the new season.
You can read Craig Hope’s latest piece in full below, which also reveals that Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan have already been contacted with a view to potential ambassadorial roles at the club:
Head coach Steve Bruce is set to lose his job and Sportsmail understands the new owners are ready to pay the £8million needed to remove him.
They are aware of the negative impact it could have if he remains in charge for the first game of their regime at home to Spurs a week on Sunday.
However, they are also mindful of the difficulties they could face in appointing a new manager, especially if their top targets are already in a job.
Staveley and the board – including PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan and Jamie Reuben – will be making the decision on a managerial change.
We are told they would prefer to make an appointment with Premier League experience, and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers is one name that has been mooted in recent days.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also said to be intrigued by what is set to happen at St James’, and sources in Scotland believe this will be his final season at Ibrox.
Former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez would have been installed had the takeover not collapsed last year, but he decided to join Everton this summer before the deal was revived.