According to reports, former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has “rebuffed soundings” from Newcastle United to become their next manager.
Steve Bruce replaced Rafael Benitez at Newcastle ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
The former Sunderland boss has led the Magpies to Premier League safety in his two years in charge so far.
Newcastle have made a poor start to this season, though. They are yet to win in the league from their first seven games of the campaign.
The club’s Saudi-led takeover was completed last week. Amanda Staveley is their new co-owner and she revealed on Friday that Bruce will remain in charge this weekend.
The Magpies face Tottenham on Sunday and this will be Bruce’s 1000th game as a manager. The 60-year-old is still expected to lose his job, however.
The Mirror are reporting that Newcastle had shown an interest in Zidane. But he has “rebuffed [these] soundings”, as he believes he could be in line to become the new France boss.
Elsewhere, Ian Rush has suggested that Bruce “deserves a chance” under Newcastle’s new owners. But he names Zidane and Roberto Mancini as ideal candidates to replace him:
“I think Steve Bruce has done a great job. I think he deserves a chance to stay there,” Rush said.
“You have to be realistic – Newcastle can still get relegated. Steve Bruce, if he’s still in charge, he will keep them up definitely, and he deserves a chance.
“If he (Bruce) doesn’t get a chance, who are you looking at? If you’re looking at the size of Newcastle, the wealth that they’ve got, you’d be looking at someone like Zinedine Zidane or Roberto Mancini, who could do fantastically.
“I think you’d be looking at a foreign manager. But I think Steve Bruce definitely deserves a chance to see what he can do.”
Rush added that that Newcastle’s Saudi-led takeover is “great for the fans”:
“I’m really, really pleased for them because I played for Newcastle for a year, I know what the supporters are like.
“They’re absolutely fantastic, even though they haven’t been successful, to sell out every home game. I think it’s what they deserve.
“It might not happen overnight, you’ve got to be realistic, but it’s great for the city, great for the fans. They deserve it.”