BRENDAN RODGERS will reportedly turn down any attempt to take over Newcastle as he seeks to succeed Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The Leicester boss has been linked to the Magpies job should Steve Bruce be laid off following his recent £ 300m takeover.
Rodgers is the new favorite to become the toon gawker as he believes it is a question of whether and not when a leadership change will be made at St James’ Park.
But the 48-year-old will resist Newcastle’s interest as he is about to replace Guardiola, according to the Daily Mail.
The Spaniard only has 18 months to run his contract with Etihad.
And Guardiola has announced that after his contract expires, he will take a break before looking for a job with a national team.
It has been alleged that Rodgers is on the shortlist to succeed the ex-Barcelona boss.
The Mail has also stated that the Northern Irish were in the running to become City Boss after Roberto Mancini’s departure in 2013.
Although Rodgers led to FA Cup glory last season, Rodgers is open to a move should the opportunity arise.
And should he be appointed to City, he would have more say in recruiting players than with the Foxes, the Mail claims.
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes Newcastle should stay with Bruce as a layoff may not be the best short-term option.
He told talkSPORT: “You have to be careful not to try to run before you can run. The situation Newcastle is in now is precarious.
“You have a manager right now who has been there and done it in the lower echelons of the Premier League and has dealt with that scenario before – even in Newcastle.
“Is there anyone out there you can bring who is better equipped than Steve Bruce? That is ultimately the question.
“You can talk about the joy of the fans and the masses. That doesn’t necessarily mean you get Bruce out of there quick and get someone to do better.
“I think they’ll get rid of them because that’s what the fans want and they are trying to make everyone happy with the takeover at the moment.
“Who do you get in? There is no obvious candidate for a relegation battle.
“There’s another conversation if you ask me if there are managers who are capable of working with new players, spending money and measuring themselves.”