Wayne Rooney is interested in succeeding Steve Bruce as Newcastle United manager, according to reports in the north-east.
A new dawn as broken over Tyneside following the recent takeover of the club by a Saudi-led consortium.
The £305million takeover means the Magpies now have the richest owners in world football.
Bruce remains as manager for now, but has taken just three points from eight games in the Premier League so far this season and is deeply unpopular with supporters.
Despite overseeing Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to Tottenham, Bruce is widely expected to be relieved of his duties, possibly before this weekend’s trip to Crystal Palace.
According to our colleagues at ChronicleLive this evening (Monday), Rooney is interested in taking over as manager at St James’ Park.
They add that Rooney would bring in Derby first-team coach and popular former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given if he lands the job.
Given was reportedly at St James’ Park on Sunday for the Tottenham game.
It is claimed Rooney will only step forward to help Newcastle if Bruce leaves.
Rooney has always spoken highly of Newcastle and said in the summer: "Players I knew who played for the club always said it was such a fantastic place to play football because the fans are out of this world.
"Their away support has to be one of the best as well, they create an incredible atmosphere everywhere they go."