AC Milan legend Gennaro Gattuso is the latest name to be considered by Newcastle to become their next manager.
Tone is looking for a new boss after Steve Bruce was sacked earlier this month and paid £8m.
The new Saudi owners were looking for an alternative as they looked to build a superpower in the Premier League in the North East.
Chelsea legend John Terry emerged on Friday as a contender after his prospects for the job waned.
Now an Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb He has thrown another potential candidate into the mix.
They claim super-agent Jorge Mendes was ‘pressing’ for Gattuso to take charge of the Magpies because their position near the bottom of the Premier League ‘discourages a prominent coach’ from joining them now.
The report adds that many prefer to wait until the summer – leading to Mendes “suggesting” that Gattuso go.
It appears that the Italian – who has been out of work since leaving Napoli last season – is now ‘among the favourites’.
Paolo Fonseca and Lucien Favre are still among the candidates for the job.
There is another link between the President of Belgium Roberto Martinez and Leonardo Jardim.
While Toon Chiefs are said to be poised to make Eric Ten Hag the third-best coach in the Premier League.
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