Former Celtic managerial candidate Eddie Howe could be in with a shot at the Newcastle job after all.

The ex-Bournemouth boss has been out of work since leaving the Cherries after their 2020 relegation.

Howe seemed destined to be the next Parkhead gaffer but after a three-month chase changed his mind at the 11th hour.

Celtic opted for Ange Postecoglou instead but nearly five months on from when the club admitted the chase was over for the Englishman, Howe is still yet to find a club.

But that could change if he beats out the undoubtedly prestigious competition to lead the St James' Park side into a rich new era.

Steve Bruce is on the brink as the new Saudi-led ownership consortium weigh up their dugout options.

And the Mirror state Howe is an option while Paolo Fonseca, Frank Lampard and former Dortmund boss Lucian Favre have all been mentioned.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is highly rated by the Newcastle hierarchy but they are keen not to make enemies by poaching managers in work from rival clubs.

Newcastle are set to decide on Bruce’s future along with the club’s board following the club’s 3-2 home defeat to Spurs on Sunday. There are differing opinions, however, on just who the new man should be.

Either way, the Magpies are expected to finally wield the axe to give the new man the chance to prepare properly for Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

The club are winless, 19th in the table and have conceded 19 goals - more than any other club in the Premier League - after eight games.