Zico interested in Newcastle job

Brazil legend Zico has admitted he is "very interested" in becoming Newcastle manager and believes he could avoid the confrontations which forced Kevin Keegan out of the job.

Zico, who has previous managerial experience with Kashima Antlers, Japan and Fenerbahce, has been out of work since leaving the Turkish club in June after failing to agree a new contract.

In his final season in charge of Fenerbahce he led them to the quarter-finals of the Champions League - a performance which later saw his name linked to coaching vacancies at Chelsea and Manchester City.

Now he has issued a 'come-and-get-me' plea to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, and has attempted to boost his credentials by revealing he would have no problem working under executive director (football) Dennis Wise.

Following his departure last week, Keegan claimed it was the signing of players without his consent that forced him to quit St James' Park.

But Zico is adamant there would be no such acrimony were he in charge.

"The Newcastle job is one that I would be very interested in taking. It would be a privilege and an honour," he told the Daily Mail.

"I've always wanted to experience the Premier League as I believe I could enjoy much success coaching in England.

"I am used to working alongside technical directors so this isn't an issue for me. It's normal for me to work in those conditions."