Steve Bruce has reportedly emerged as a contender to take over at Newcastle, despite having previously managed rivals Sunderland.
Mike Ashley is in the market for a new manager following the departure of Rafa Benitez, who left at the end of the end of his contract earlier this summer.
Sky Sports report that current Sheffield Wednesday boss Bruce is one of the names under consideration to take the job.
Bruce grew up near Newcastle but any move to St James’ Park would be complicated by his history across the other side of the Tyne-Wear divide.
The 58-year-old led the Black Cats between 2009 and 2011 before moving to Hull, Aston Villa and then Sheffield Wednesday.
Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta is favourite to replace Benitez, but Steven Gerrard has been repeatedly linked with the job over the past few weeks.
The Rangers boss has moved to dismiss talk of him taking over as Newcastle manager, however.
Ahead of Rangers’ Europa League qualifier on Tuesday night, Gerrard was asked about whether he was considering a move to Tyneside.
‘Fake news. Not that I’m aware of,’ he told the Daily Record.