Club stalwart Fabricio Coloccini is set to replace Alan Pardew as the new manager of Newcastle United.
The Argentinean, who has been on Tyneside ever since signing from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna back in 2008, is favourite to replace the Englishman who is widely expected to take the reins at former club Crystal Palace, who sacked Neil Warnock on Saturday.
The news will come as a big surprise to all involved around the club, with the decision to give the job to a current player likely to fuel more bitterness towards controversial owner Mike Ashley.
Coloccini's leadership on the pitch is undisputed, but he will have to hit the ground running straight away if Ashley's surprise decision is to be vindicated.
Tony Pulis was the name being touted when the news of Pardew's imminent exit broke, but the Englishman is likely to be overlooked in favour of a fan favourite on Geordie shores.
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Pardew's decision to leave the club just two years into an eight-year contract will see him head back to Palace, the side in which he helped fire towards an FA Cup final during his playing days in 1990.
His reign at the club has been continually called into question in recent seasons, with his association with Ashley the cause for much anger amongst the Toon faithful.
Transfers and other decisions were often out of his control, and he will return to London aiming to arrest their slump and keep the Eagles in the Premier League for a third season in a row.
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