Blanc amongst Newcastle contenders

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Laurent Blanc has reportedly informed the Newcastle board he wants to be considered for the recently vacated manager's job.

Laurent Blanc has reportedly informed the Newcastle board he wants to be considered for the recently vacated manager’s job.

The hunt for the next Magpies boss is underway after the club announced on Monday that incumbent Rafael Benitez would be leaving the role when his contract expires at the end of June.

A whole host of names have already been linked with the post, including Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, former West Ham and Sunderland boss David Moyes and current Sheffield Wednesday chief Steve Bruce.

Jose Mourinho is another name mentioned in connection with the position at this early stage, although that link would appear fanciful given the wages on offer in the north-east.

Former Paris Saint-Germain and French national team coach Blanc is amongst the contenders and it is understood he has spoken to the Newcastle hierarchy to register his interest.

The former Manchester United defender is eager to try his hand in management in the Premier League and was thought to be in the frame for the Chelsea job before they appointed Maurizio Sarri.

Another man thought to be keen on the job is Claudio Ranieri, who spent time at both Fulham and Italian giants Roma last season.

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