Football

Who can replace Pardew?

TONY PULIS

Managed Crystal Palace to 11th place last season, before leaving the club by mutual consent at the start of the current campaign. He is linked to most Premier League clubs who are seeking a new manager, although having reportedly left the Eagles due to a falling-out with co-chairman Steve Parish over transfers, it remains to be seen whether Magpies owner Mike Ashley would give Pulis the financial support he may require.

STEVE BRUCE

Northumberland-born, the 53-year-old is a Newcastle supporter with plenty of experience - including two-and-a-half years at arch-rivals Sunderland. Currently at Hull, whom he led to the FA Cup final last season, although they are currently struggling at the wrong end of the Premier League.

FRANK DE BOER

The 44-year-old was strongly linked to the vacant manager's position at Tottenham earlier this year. He played more than 300 games for the club he now manages, Ajax, while also playing more than 100 games for Holland. Has an impressive contacts book following a playing career which also took in Barcelona, Rangers and Galatasaray.

TIM SHERWOOD

Sherwood was sacked as Tottenham head coach in May, less than five months into an 18-month contact with the club he once played for. Part of Blackburn's 1995 title-winning side, he was also a midfielder with Watford, Norwich, Portsmouth and Coventry. Had talks with Parish over the vacant Palace manager's job in August - and the 45-year-old is believed to be ready for a return to top-flight management.

ALLY MCCOIST

Owner Mike Ashley has sprung a surprise before, so McCoist may not be an outside bet. The 52-year-old former Scotland international striker, who handed in his resignation at Rangers before Christmas, presided over a testing time in the Scottish side's history. Another contender with connections to local rivals Sunderland, he played more than 50 games for the Wearside club prior to his move to Ibrox in 1983. - PA Sport.