The list of managers linked with the Newcastle job continues to grow, with Rudi Garcia the latest to enter the frame.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who state that the Frenchman has been spoken about in the last 48 hours.
Garcia is currently unemployed, leaving Lyon in the summer. He finished fourth in Ligue 1 last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.
The 57-year-old has spent the majority of his managerial career in France, taking charge of the likes of Marseille, Lille and Saint Etienne, as well as Lyon. He also had a spell in Italy, spending three years at Roma.
His time at Lille was his most successful, and the only time he’s won silverware during his career.
Garcia guided Les Dogues to a league and cup double in 2011, doing so with some fantastic players such as Eden Hazard, Gervinho and former Magpies Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy.
And it is the latter that once caused Garcia to be frustrated by Newcastle United.
Newcastle angered Rudi Garcia back in 2012
In the summer of 2011, Newcastle signed Cabaye from Lille for just £4.3million. 12 months later and they tried to sign another one of their stars.
In 2012, the Magpies launched a bid to sign Debuchy, but failed to meet the asking price…quelle surprise.
This caused some anger for Garcia, who accused Newcastle of unsettling his player.
Debuchy eventually did join Newcastle, arriving in January 2013.
Could Garcia now do what two of his title winners did back in the day and move to Newcastle?
The fact he’s a free agent certainly helps matters, as Newcastle need to move quick and find a replacement for Bruce, ideally before the Crystal Palace game on Saturday.