Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has been linked with the Newcastle job since the takeover.

He was apparently viewed as an expensive option and was asked about the Newcastle hotseat ahead of his side’s clash with Manchester United.

He ruled himself out of the running, much to the delight of Foxes fan and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker.

As per Sky Sports, he said: “100 per cent, I’ve got a contract until 2025 and I absolutely love being here.

“I’ve got a great chief executive who runs the club, the director of football I’ve got a good relationship with and a really good group of players.


“For as long as they don’t want to move me, I’m very happy to be here. I’ve seen the reports but they don’t help anyone, particularly Newcastle and Steve Bruce.”

Perhaps the most crowd pleasing potential appointment would be Rafa Benitez, who was also asked about the takeover.

As expected, Rafa ruled himself out too ahead of Everton’s clash with West Ham. He does not break contracts.

It remains to be seen which direction Newcastle go in with their new boss but it will not be Rodgers or Benitez unless there is a dramatic turnaround.

Bruce will be in charge against Tottenham, when St James’ Park will be rocking as a new era begins.

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