By Paddy Kenny

14th Oct, 2021 | 9:00pm

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Paddy Kenny has suggested the likes of Brendan Rodgers could still take over as Newcastle United boss despite seemingly distancing himself from the job.

The former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, predicted no manager would put themselves forward for the post until Steve Bruce has left.

Sky Sports reported on Wednesday (13th October) Rodgers has no interest in taking over at St James’ Park.

As revealed by Football Insider, the Northern Irish manager had been identified as the new regime’s top managerial target.

Kenny insisted Newcastle would not find it difficult to appoint a high-profile manager.

He suggested Rodgers should not be ruled out of the running.

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Asked if Newcastle might find it tough to lure top managers to St James’ Park now, Kenny told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I don’t think it is at all.

“Look at the fan base they’ve got there, look at the stadium. It’s frightening. They’re a massive club and now with his financial backing, God knows where this club could go.

“Rogers coming out and saying he’s not interested, he’s happy where he is. Listen, out of respect for Steve Bruce, I think any manager was going to say that.

“Even if managers at other clubs are saying they’re not interested, because they’re another club, they might be doing it just because Steve Bruce is still in charge.

“If you let Bruce go, other managers might come out say they’re interested when they’re currently saying they’re not.

“I can’t see a problem with getting a manager. I know they’re down near the bottom of the league. The bigger picture is that club’s only going one way.”

In other news, ex-manager has given his verdict on Steven Gerrard potentially quitting Rangers for Newcastle United.