Former Newcastle United manager Glen Roeder has urged the club to appoint Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp as Alan Pardew's successor.
The charismatic German is currently enduring a miserable season at the Signal Induna Park, and could be pushed towards the exit door particularly if star assets Marco Reus and Mats Hummels leave the club in the foreseeable future.
And despite Arsenal also eying Klopp as a possible successor to Arsene Wenger, Roeder believes Mike Ashley should go all out in order to acquire one of the best managers in the Bundesliga.
Fabricio Coloccini had been installed as the favourite for the job but has since ruled himself out of the running which could leave the club free to appoint Klopp instead.
“Newcastle need to find someone who’s very experienced, has managed in the top divisions and has a winning track record,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.
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“For once, I wouldn’t take a chance on anyone up and coming. You have got to give Newcastle fans a real character, like Chelsea did a number of years ago when they brought in Jose Mourinho.
“The first thing Mike Ashley will look for is an experienced British manager, with a great CV, but they are an endangered species.
“Whether you like it or not there are not many British managers that have got that sort of CV that is required to give the fans.
“Someone who does fit Newcastle’s bill is Jurgen Klopp. You might just get him at the moment because Borussia Dortmund are having a terrible season.
“He is a real character and is just the sort of person the fans could warm to quickly.
“He speaks very good English, has a great sense of humour and is obviously a very good coach. They may just land someone like that because, as far as British managers are concerned, they are not there currently.”
After having their best players cherry-picked by Bayern Munich over the last few years, Klopp could leave Dortmund in the not too distant future.
They are currently 17th in the table having lost 10 of their 19 league games - more than any other side in the division.