Who will be the next Newcastle manager? Six candidates to replace Bruce
Newcastle United announced on Wednesday that the club have parted ways with manager Steve Bruce.
The former Manchester United defender became the red-hot favourite to be the next manager in the Premier League sacked following Newcastle's controversial takeover a couple of weeks ago.
He managed to survive in order to take charge of his 1000th game in management on Sunday against Tottenham.
However, Newcastle lost their first game under the new Saudi owners, falling 3-2 to Tottenham at St James' Park.
Here are six candidates to succeed him.
Sacked by Chelsea in January, Lampard is currently the bookmakers' favourite to get the Newcastle job.
He left the Blues out of form, with Thomas Tuchel picking up the pieces to lead them to the Champions League, having adopted a significantly different stance to his predecessor.
Newcastle would represent an ideal opportunity to get back in the saddle, but will the Saudi owners go for a coach who is still reasonably inexperienced?
Dumped out of the Nations League by France after watching his Belgium side take a 2-0 lead, Martinez’s era with his adopted nation could be drawing to a close.
Certainly, there has been a disappointing tendency to come within touching distance of success only to see it snatched away. That was never more evident than when Theo Hernandez crashed a last-minute winner for France.
While he would be well suited to Newcastle given his time with Wigan and Swansea, Barcelona are also thought to be interested in his services and that job could trump anything that comes up at St James’ Park for now.
Out of work after leading Inter to the Serie A title before the summer, Conte was approached by Arsenal but turned down the post because he felt the quality was not in the Gunners’ squad to succeed.
While Newcastle’s panel is in an even worse position at present, there is at least the scope of building something meaningful with the Magpies. If Conte fancies a long-term project, this could be it.
Has enjoyed reasonable success with Rangers, who he led to the Scottish Premiership title last season, yet one domestic trophy out of nine is not a particularly impressive return given the stature of the club.
Moreover, Gerrard is struggling to build on last season’s success, despite the Gers topping the standings once more.
May feel he has taken the Glasgow side as far as he can, which would make a move back to the Premier League an attractive option.
Zidane created history as manager at Real Madrid after making them the first team to win the Champions League three times in a row.
He was dismissed earlier this year and is still somewhat strangely an unknown quantity as a coach, despite his success at Madrid.
But he would bring pedigree, experience and influence to Newcastle.
Another out-of-work manager who would be readily available, Howe enjoyed a tremendous spell at Bournemouth, during which he successfully established them as a Premier League club, despite no previous pedigree at that level.
Will be eager to get back into work after a period out of the game.