Report: Newcastle managerial hunt down to just three targets; Vieira and McClaren in the mix

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Newcastle United are set to appoint a new boss in the near future.

Newcastle United have narrowed their search for a new manager down to three names, according to a report in the Chronicle

The Magpies have decided that they won't be giving the job to John Carver on a permanent basis, after his disastrous spell as caretaker boss, and there are now only three candidates on their wishlist.

Newcastle are interested in both Patrick Vieira and Steve McClaren, but the third candidate is unknown at the moment.

Vieira is the latest target to crop up for Newcastle, with the North East club said to have been impressed by his work at Manchester City.

The former Arsenal midfielder has been working with City's youth-team and he is regarded as one of the finest young coaches in the country.

Appointing Vieira would be a risk for Newcastle, though, as he has never acted as a first-team manager before and they may opt for the security of placing McClaren in charge.

McClaren has experience of coaching across Europe and as manager of England, with the Newcastle board planning on interviewing him this week. 

He has become available after being relieved of his duties at Championship side Derby County - with the axe falling after he failed to guide the Rams to a top-six finish.

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