Four managers who could replace Steve Bruce as £300m Newcastle takeover close

Near enough every Newcastle fan is eagerly awaiting the news of a £300million takeover with the Machiavellian figure of Mike Ashley seemingly on his way out.

Well, maybe not Steve Bruce – who will be shivering in his Magpies pyjamas tonight with his job on the line.

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund are ready to snap up the club after breaking their ban on Qatar's Premier League broadcasters beIN Sports.

It means the red tape holding off a takeover has now been cut and Newcastle could be on the brink of a moneyspinning purchase with Mohammed bin Salman's total worth around £320bn.

In comparison, Manchester City's owner Sheikh Mansour is worth £23.3bn while Chelsea chief Roman Abramovich is worth just under £10bn.

With Bruce already battling the fans for their acceptance, the loss of support from the boardroom would surely be fatal for the 60-year-old – so who could Newcastle's new ambitious owners bring in? Daily Star Sport has taken a look at four potential options.

Xavi

The young and upcoming manager is making his name out in Qatar, with a clip of his side tearing apart their opposition like prime Barcelona going viral.

In fact, a move to Barca has been begged for by fans of Los Cules but their money troubles prevent them from sacking Ronald Koeman as they cannot afford the compensation.

It means a club like Newcastle could swoop in for the Spaniard while, politically, it would be another jab from the Saudi state to take one of the most high-profile managers from the Qatari Super League.

Zinedine Zidane

Currently on the market after leaving Real Madrid and would relish the chance of managing a 'white canvas' kind of club, willing to bankroll him in the transfer market.

The Frenchman would get the chance to test his tactical mettle in the Premier League.

While Newcastle fans would adore having the one-time Ballon d'Or winner at the helm, who would be able to attract the top players in the world.

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Antonio Conte

If it is immediate success that Newcastle want, there are not many better managers in the world than Conte.

Within one year of taking over at Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan – off the back of disastrous seasons – they had all won their respective leagues.

The Italian is not afraid to splash the cash but also is able to get the best out of his players and could be the perfect answer as the Magpies build their squad.

Rafa Benitez

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A surprise choice after joining Everton in the summer but he could join a club where the fans adore him from a team where the fans have been less than warm.

Benitez left Newcastle in 2019 after his contract expired amid tension with Ashley but with the Sports Direct tycoon out of the window, a chance to return has opened up.

Re-signing the Spaniard would be a popular choice with the St James Park faithful, were sections might still need to be won over.

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