Bruce’s potential replacement is the talk of the Town

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Newcastle’s wealthy new owners are widely expected to replace Steve Bruce as manager.

The 60-year-old is thought to be on borrowed time at St James’ Park and rumours are swirling about who may replace him.

We take a look at five names already linked with the hot-seat on Tyneside.

Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte is arguably the best manager in the world who is currently without a job.

Now they have some of the richest owners in football, Newcastle fans believe that the Italian is the sort of boss they can lure to the club.

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And they may well do in time, there just seems next to no chance that he would take the job now.

Conte will be near the top of the list for clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and others if the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mauricio Pochettino do not bring trophies.

While the Toon Army’s main aim remains just to stay in the league, they will have to aim a little lower.

Frank Lampard

Out of work since leaving Chelsea in January, Frank Lampard would likely jump at the chance to take on the Newcastle project.

But whether or not he is the right man to take over from Bruce is another question.

The Magpies look set to be embroiled in a relegation battle this campaign and Lampard’s limited managerial experience may set him back.

He did guide a young Derby side to the play-off final but despite some good results at Chelsea, it looked a job too big for him.

If Newcastle were looking to appoint someone ahead of a transfer window and new season, Lampard would make more sense. As it stands, the 43-year-old represents a gamble.

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