Report: Newcastle deny holding talks with Bruno Labbadia over becoming new manager

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Newcastle have reportedly denied speculation that they've contacted Bruno Labbadia over replacing Alan Pardew at St. James' Park.

Reports from the Daily Mirror earlier tonight suggested that Newcastle had been in contact with former Bayer Leverkusen boss Bruno Labbadia over the possibility of replacing Alan Pardew as manager.

However, well-connected Newcastle-based newspaper The Chronicle say that the reports are not true, with sources close to the club saying Labbadia isn't under consideration.

The 48-year-old has been out of work for almost 18 months since being sacked by Bundesliga side Stuttgart in August 2013.

Labbadia, who had a superb career as a player having played for the likes of Bayern Munich, Hamburg and Werder Bremen, has a 48% win percentage as a manager, but is reportedly not in the frame for the job at St. James' Park.

Whilst Pardew is now settling into life at Crystal Palace, Newcastle still haven't appointed his replacement yet despite being linked with a host of managers.

Caretaker manager John Carver remains in temporary charge of the club, and the Magpies' 2-0 defeat at Chelsea was far from disgraceful, but he still looks unlikely to land the job on a full-time basis.

Former Lyon manager Remi Garde is the hot favourite to replace Pardew at St. James' Park, with the ex-Arsenal defender reportedly flying over to England for talks over the weekend.

Fans want a swift resolution to the situation given that time is ticking in the transfer window, but it appears that they can cross Labbadia off their list of possible candidates.

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