Talk of Newcastle United appointing a new manager continues to rumble on despite Steve Bruce still holding his position as the club’s head coach.

The Magpies supporters made their feelings towards the 60-year-old known once again following the defeat to Tottenham at St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon.

Links to managers continue to emerge, almost as if names are being pulled out of a hat as it still remains unclear whether or not the new ownership intend to relieve Bruce of his duties in the short-term.

Eddie Howe has been the one of the names most heavily linked to the role and is now the favourite to take over in the technical area, priced at 7/2.

It comes as the Mirror this morning report that Howe is one of the managers being considered by the new owners.

After leaving Bournemouth just over a year ago, the 43-year-old has taken a break from football management but is understood to be ready to return when the right opportunity arises.

However, as has been clear since the takeover of the club, being the favourite doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

Brendan Rodgers was odds-on to replace Bruce last week before he made it clear that he wanted to distance himself from the role.

Since then, there have been updates almost daily despite the current manager’s position not actually changing.

Wayne Rooney has become the most recent name to surface in connection with the job and Chronicle Live reported on Monday evening that he is interested in helping Newcastle on a short-term basis.

His current managerial position at Derby County is an extremely precarious one as the Rams are in administration and bottom of the Championship following the 12-point deduction they were handed last month.

However, the bookmakers odds do not indicate that there is any real possibility of Rooney replacing Bruce at the moment.

He is currently priced at 25/1 to be the next Magpies boss.

That leaves him some way down the betting odds to take over at St James’ Park if, and when, Bruce leaves the club.

The main candidates are priced below:

· Eddie Howe – 7/2

· Lucien Favre – 6/1

· Paulo Fonseca – 8/1

· Frank Lampard – 8/1

· Steven Gerrard – 10/1

· Unai Emery – 12/1

· Brendan Rodgers – 16/1

· Graeme Jones – 16/1

· Rudi Garcia – 16/1

· Zinedine Zidane – 16/1

· Roberto Martinez – 18/1

· Antonio Conte – 20/1

· Fabio Cannavaro – 20/1

· Jose Mourinho – 22/1

· Wayne Rooney – 25/1