According to The Mail, Rudi Garcia is the latest name in the mix to replace Steve Bruce at Newcastle United.
Craig Hope’s latest ‘exclusive’ states that the out of work Frenchman has emerged as an option, with him available after leaving his role at Lyon over the summer.
Garcia, 57, had spells at Marsille and Roma before his time with Lyon and is best known for winning the double with Lille back in 2011.
The report also names FOUR other managers believed to have been shortlisted by the new owners, stating that the consortium want to hire a ‘good coach who can improve players on the training ground’ given the need for am immediate boost following our winless start to the season after eight games.
Unai Emery and Roberto Martinez are said to feature highly, with The Mail revealing that the former has a £7m release clause in his current contract at Villarreal.
As for Martinez, Hope claims that it would cost ‘less than £2m’ to release the Spaniard from his role with the Belgian national side.
The other two names believed to be on the Saudis radar are Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and Portuguese coach Paulo Fonseca, with the latter available after recently leaving his role at Roma.
Given his Premier League experience, his reported desire to return to England, close links with Graeme Jones and low release clause, it would not surprise me in the slightest if we made a move for Martinez.