Potential Newcastle managers are dropping like flies, leading to speculation that caretaker John Carver could be handed the role on a permanent basis.
The Magpies are seeking a new manager after giving Alan Pardew permission to speak to Crystal Palace. However, many of those initially linked with the position have since ruled themselves out.
Captain Fabricio Coloccini was considered for the role but has made clear he is not keen whilst suggestions Tony Pulis has been offered the position are wide of the mark, and in any case the Welshman looks set to take the vacancy at West Brom instead.
That has left owner Mike Ashley with few credible candidates for the position which could see him settle on Carver for the long term.
The Geordie has reportedly turned down the opportunity to be Pardew's number two at Crystal Palace and has impressed Ashley with the role he played earlier in the season in helping turn around Newcastle's fortunes after a disastrous start.
As well as to Pardew, Carver was also number two to Sir Bobby Robson during his first spell at Newcastle. Between leaving St James' Park in 2004 and returning in 2011, Carver has been an assistant at Plymouth and Sheffield United, as well as taking the caretaker position at the latter as well as at Leeds United in 2006. His only managerial role was with MLS side Toronto FC between 2008 and 2009.
Carver and first-team coach Steve Stone are taking charge of team affairs until a decision is made.
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