STEVEN GERRARD and Frank Lampard are shock frontrunners to land the Newcastle job, according to reports.
As it stands Steve Bruce remains in position at St James' Park.
But the Toon boss has admitted that he would not be surprised to be relieved of his duties immediately, as the new Saudi ownership look to put their stamp on things on Tyneside.
According to the Telegraph, two former England midfield colleagues could be set to battle it out for the post.
They claim that Gerrard, 41, would be a popular choice – having won the Scottish Premiership with Rangers last term.
The former Liverpool man is happy in Scotland, they add, and would take some 'persuading' to leave Ibrox for the Premier League.
Lampard, 43, is also mentioned as holding a 'definite interest' in the post.
But his experience is questioned, despite having led a young Chelsea side to a top four finish in his one full season as a Prem boss.
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Rafa Benitez, Eddie Howe and even Arsene Wenger are also among those mentioned for the gig – although Antonio Conte is 'not currently interested'.
Bruce himself would like to be handed the opportunity to continue, with his next match set to be his 1,000th as a manager.
But the 60-year-old will understand if his services are no longer required.
He told the Telegraph: "I want to continue, I’d like the chance to show the new owners what I can do, but you have to be realistic and they may well want a new manager to launch things for them.
That decision is not up to me. I accept that and I will accept what comes my way.
"New owners normally want a new manager. I’ve been around long enough to understand that.
"That decision is not up to me. I accept that and I will accept what comes my way.
"I have to wait to have those conversations with people when the time is right.
"If I don’t make it to a 1,000 games against Spurs, you might say that could only happen to me, but I don’t think it would be cruel. It’s just football."
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