Brendan Rodgers is set to pull himself out of the Newcastle boss race if Steve Bruce is sacked by the club’s new Saudi bosses.
The 48-year-old is the bookies’ favorite for the job after a successful spell with Fox.
He led Leicester to consecutive top-six finishes in the Premier League and led them to FA Cup glory last season.
Amidst continued speculation about Bruce’s future, Rodgers has been tipped as one of the frontrunners to replace him.
But it is understood Rodgers will show no interest in a potential Toon vacancy, despite Leicester’s indifferent start to the 2021-22 campaign.
Newcastle, now the richest club in the world after being acquired by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, have yet to win a Premier League game this season under Bruce.
The Magpies are currently ranked 19th with just three points from seven matches.
Yet despite terrible form, former England international Danny Murphy feels he should stick to his current boss.
They told talkSPORT: “You have to be careful not to try and run before you can walk. The situation at Newcastle is uncertain right now.
“They have a manager in charge at the moment who has been there and done it in the lower echelons of the Premier League and dealt with that scenario before – even at Newcastle.
“Is there anyone they can bring who is going to be more equipped than Steve Bruce? That’s the question after all.
“You can talk about the delights of fans and the public. That doesn’t necessarily mean kicking out Bruce quickly and asking someone to do it better.
“I think they will get rid of it because that is what the fans want and they are trying to keep everyone happy at the moment.
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“Who do they come in? There is no clear candidate to get into the fight for exile.
“If you’re asking me that’s a different conversation are there managers out there who are able to work with new players, spend money and compete.”
If Rodgers is out in the race to replace Bruce, other names include Frank Lampard, Lucien Favre and Antonio Conte.