BRIGHTON boss Graham Potter is in the frame for the Newcastle job.
It comes after the Magpies' £300million Saudi takeover with unpopular Steve Bruce expected to get the boot.
SunSport understands Potter, 46, is on the new owners' wanted list after transforming the Seagulls' fortunes.
Antonio Conte was an early favourite but SunSport has been told the Italian has ruled himself out of a move to Tyneside.
Brighton sit sixth in the Premier League having lost just once in their opening seven games.
They've conceded just five – the second fewest in the league.
And the south coast side were unlucky not to beat Arsenal in a 0-0 draw last time out.
Former Swansea and Ostersund manager Potter was charged with changing Brighton's style of play after they parted company with previous boss Chris Hughton in 2019.
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The Seagulls finished 15th and 16th in Potter's first two full campaigns but have started in emphatic fashion this time around.
As well as Potter – whose Amex deal runs until 2025 – there are several other names in the running for Bruce's job.
Former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard are being considered, according to the Mirror.
Newcastle’s new co-owner, Amanda Staveley will decide on Bruce’s future along with he club’s board – including PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan and Jamie Reuben.
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Saudi’s Public Investment Fund – worth around £320billion – will own 80 per cent, with Al-Rumayyan now also Newcastle’s non-executive chairman.
Staveley has already promised world class signings.
But angry Premier League clubs have demanded an emergency meeting after the takeover.
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