Captain Fabricio Coloccini is the surprise name at the head of the betting to replace Alan Pardew as Newcastle boss should he complete a switch to Crystal Palace.
Pardew's departure to Palace appears imminent, with United on Monday night giving the London club permission to speak to the 53-year-old.
Having been at the helm for four years, Pardew is part of the furniture at St James' Park, albeit despite never really being a fan favourite.
Consequently his exit would leave a large void and on Tuesday morning Argentina defender Coloccini was the early favourite to fill it in what would likely be a player-manager role.
A popular figure on the terraces, Coloccini has made over 200 appearances for United since joining them from Deportivo La Coruna in 2008.
The 32-year-old has no coaching experience and would be a left-field appointment, but owner Mike Ashley - a billionaire businessman - has never been afraid to make controversial decisions.
Newcastle United say they have given permission to Alan Pardew to talk to Crystal Palace about their vacant manager position.
It has been reported there has been talks between the two clubs all day.
Pardew will not take training on Tuesday. John Carver, the assistant manager will take charge.
"Newcastle United can confirm that Crystal Palace have made a formal approach requesting permission to speak to Alan Pardew in relation to their vacant managerial position. Crystal Palace have offered compensation at a level whereby Alan has now been permitted to speak to them.
"As a result of this development today Alan will not be at training on Tuesday. Training will be the responsibility of assistant manager John Carver.
"The club will make a further announcement in due course."
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Northern Echo (Scott Wilson) - Alan Pardew's future as Newcastle United manager was shrouded in mystery as Crystal Palace officials prepared to make a formal approach for the Londoner.
Chronicle (Mark Douglas) - What will Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley make of Alan Pardew's refusal to quash speculation about Crystal Palace?
Chronicle (Lee Ryder) - Newcastle United braced for approach for Alan Pardew from Crystal Palace
The Times - Pardew refused to speak to the media after yesterday’s victory over Everton, but it is understood that the Londoner has agreed terms to succeed Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace.
The Mirror (Dave Kidd) - Newcastle manager Alan Pardew keen on Crystal Palace managerial vacancy.
Evening Telegraph (Press Association) - Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been installed as the heavy favourite by the bookmakers to replace Neil Warnock.
Former York City defender Clark Carlisle is recovering in hospital after being hit by a lorry in York.
Mr Carlisle's wife has been "overwhelmed" by the support shown to the former Premier League defender as he battles serious injuries suffered when he was hit by a lorry.
The 35-year-old was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after the incident on Monday morning.
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MP - and Hartlepool United fan - Iain Wright says he's pleased the club says it will not sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.
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The MP for Hartlepool, Iain Wright, said he hoped his club did not sign the convicted rapist Ched Evans - as it would send completely the wrong message to other young men.
"I really hope we don't. I love my club, I love Hartlepool United. There's a reason why no other team in the Football League wants to sign him - he is a pariah.
"I was at the match today. There were lots of young lads there supporting Hartlepool United. I just think it sends out such a wrong message to young men in terms of it being OK for a rapist to play football.
"It's entirely wrong."
Hartlepool United's new manager Ronnie Moore has said he would like to sign Ched Evans, and that it is a 'possibility'.