Next Newcastle United manager: contenders to replace Steve Bruce as Brendan Rodgers excludes himself

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Newcastle United’s £ 305million buyout has concluded one of English football’s longest club buys – now for the next long saga, securing a new manager.

Fans of the club who suffered under Mike Ashley’s 14-year-old frugal reign began to dream of who could arrive at St James’ Park in the coming months, both by dugout and on the pitch.

Indeed, the club’s new manager, Amanda Staveley, has revealed that she has spoken to manager Steve Bruce and captain Jamaal Lascelles – but no decision has yet been made on Bruce’s future.

One of the prominent names linked to Bruce’s replacement, Brendan Rodgers, quickly distanced himself from the role. Sources informed Sport Telegraph that he is not interested in the job and that he is totally dedicated to Leicester City.

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With that in mind, we analyze who is in the running to become the latest managerial arrival at Newcastle United …

Antonio Conté

It would be the stellar rendezvous. It would make a huge statement that Newcastle are now one of the most powerful clubs in Europe. The Italian is one of the elite managers. He is said to be waiting for one of the better clubs to have a vacancy, but sources have indicated that he is currently not interested in taking over at St James’ Park. That could change, but it seems like a long shot.

Steven gerrard

The former Liverpool and England midfielder did a fantastic job in his first managerial role with Glasgow Rangers, winning the Scottish league last season. He would be a popular choice and appears to have the credentials, but it is also understood that he is happy in Scotland. It would take a little persuasion to go south.

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Frank Lampard

A big name and he’s out of work. The work Lampard did at Chelsea may be underestimated, finishing in the top four with a young side that were under a transfer embargo. Will definitely be interested, but does he have the experience to run a business like this? Deserves consideration.

Rafael Benítez

If only the Spaniard had held on a little longer, his decision to press for Everton’s post this summer was made because he had lost faith in those telling him the Newcastle takeover would take place. It would be an extremely popular choice as he is still adored at Tyneside after three years as a manager, but is expected to leave Everton to return.

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Eddie howe

Another jobless manager who was waiting for the perfect job opportunity. Maybe that’s it. Turned down Celtic this summer and failed at a big club with real pressure and expectations before. Highly rated but that would be a risk considering he was relegated with Bournemouth.

Arsène Wenger

Could the very experienced Frenchman be tempted to return to the management of the club? It would be foolish to exclude it and it would be ideal to help in other areas of development, like the Academy. Newcastle should at least be looking to have a conversation with him.

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