By Wayne Veysey

13th Oct, 2021 | 1:32pm

Sources: Newcastle at work on 'dream ticket' pairing with 61-yr-old already based in north-east

Newcastle United are planning to turn their attention to securing the “dream ticket” pairing of Brendan Rodgers and Brian Marwood, Football Insider has learned.

The Leicester City manager and Man City executive have climbed to the top of the target list of the the north-east giants’ new Saudi owners.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that Rodgers, 48, is emerging as the top target to replace Steve Bruce as manager due to his pedigree and extensive Premier League experience.

The Irishman, who has an impressive record over the last decade at Leicester, Celtic and Liverpool, is regarded as the ideal candidate to rebuild a team from the bottom up while also climbing up the table.

This site revealed yesterday that Newcastle’s other top targets are Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and the outsider Rafael Benitez, who has made such a strong start at Everton.

Rodgers is now ahead of the other two on the target list of the new regime led by financier Amanda Staveley.

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But it remains to be seen if he can be lured from Leicester after snubbing interest from elite clubs including Tottenham and Arsenal in recent years.

Rodgers was rewarded with a new Foxes contract in December 2019 that runs until June 2025.

Marwood could be eager for a new challenge after 12 years at City, initially joining the year after they were taken over by Sheikh Mansour.

He has been key to the growth of City Football Group and has extensive experience of overseeing the build of the infrastructure at a top-level club.

That know-how is highly regarded by Newcastle chiefs as they make Marwood a top target for a senior executive role.

Significantly, the former Arsenal winger is believed to live in the north-east and may be keen to change jobs.

In other news, Newcastle United are expected to complete signing of 28-year-old with “agreement” already in place.