Unai Emery is under serious consideration for the managerial vacancy at Newcastle United. The Villarreal manager indicated on Monday that he knew nothing of any Newcastle interest.
However, privately it is thought that while Emery is happy at Villarreal, he would be open to hearing what Newcastle have to say.
There is a feeling the 49-year-old has unfinished business in the Premier League since he was sacked by Arsenal in 2019.
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Newcastle want to have a manager in place by the weekend, ahead of their game away at Brighton.
A source close to former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has told Sky Sports News that, as it stands, it is unlikely the Portuguese will be appointed as Steve Bruce’s successor.
Lucien Favre, Eddie Howe and Roberto Martinez are other candidates that Newcastle remain interested in.