Newcastle ‘consider Brendan Rodgers appointment’ with first choice boss now unavailable

Amanda Staveley speaks to the media after confirmed Newcastle takeover

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Brendan Rodgers is reportedly one of the names on Newcastle’s shortlist as the new owners prepare to appoint a new manager. The Saudi-backed consortium, who were handed the keys to St James’ Park after tabling an offer worth up to £305million, are ready to kickstart their revolution on Tyneside by relieving Steve Bruce of his duties.

The Newcastle boss has guided the Magpies to safety in each of the last two seasons, securing 12th and 13th in the Premier League.

However, supporters have struggled to warm to the 60-year-old and his methods in the past two years and are therefore desperate for change.

Their ambition to compete will now be matched by the new ownership, who have already vowed to invest heavily in their new project.

Speaking last night, Amanda Staveley, who has played an integral role in securing the change of ownership, vowed to help Newcastle win their first-ever Premier League title.

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The businesswoman admitted there is already an element of worry that the club could be relegated, hinting that we could see a change of management in the ner future.

She said: “We’re painfully aware of the relegation issue and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure the club is not relegated. It is a concern.

“But all decisions about players and manager are for another day. I did speak to the manager and say hello and introduce ourselves. We look forward to speaking to him over the next few days.

“We’re going to do a review right through the football operations and come back and make some decisions.”

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According to The Daily Mail, Rodgers is one of the names under consideration, although he is currently under contract with Leicester until 2025.

The Northern Irish tactician has previously attracted interest from Arsenal during his Foxes tenure and now Newcastle are believed to be weighing up a surprise swoop for the former Liverpool boss.

It’s understood Rafael Benitez was the consortium’s top choice to return to St James’ Park last summer when the takeover was initially under discussion.

But the Spaniard has now taken charge at Everton, where he has made an impressive start, following his departure from Dalian Pro in China.

Steven Gerrard is believed to be another name under consideration after he guided Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title last season.

The likes of Antonio Conte and Frank Lampard are other potential candidates for the job with the bookmakers as the club weigh up Bruce’s future.

Newcastle are reportedly ready to pay £8m to pull the trigger on their current boss.

The Magpies are not back in action until next Sunday when they host Tottenham and the new owners want to kickstart the new era on a positive note, meaning Bruce may have already received his fate by the time Spurs travel north to Tyneside.

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