Five interesting facts about Raddy Antic, one of seven Newcastle-linked managers

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Raddy Antic has been linked with the Newcastle United job.

According to a report in The Sun, Raddy Antic is one of seven managers to have been discussed as a potential replacement for current Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is said to have held a meeting in order to discuss McClaren’s future following poor results, with as many as seven managers lined up as potential replacements.

Rafa Benitez, Brendan Rodgers, Nigel Pearson and Harry Redknapp are well documented names, while Lucien Favre and St. Etienne boss Christophe Galtier have done superb jobs on the continent lately.

But what about Raddy Antic? For those of a certain age or well-rounded on their football history, he may ring a bell for having a four-year playing stint with Luton Town in the early eighties.

For those who are less aware, here are five interesting facts on the 67-year-old former defender.

1) Radomir Antic, born in former Yugoslavia in 1948, is a former defender and spent most of his career playing for Serbian side Partizan Belgrade, winning a national championship before moving to Fenerbahce

2) After spells in Turkey and Spain with Real Sociedad, he joined Luton Town who were then in the second division and helped them win the second division title in 1982 under then boss David Pleat.

The following season he helped the club to stay up, scoring the winning goal four minutes from time in a final-day victory over Manchester City - a goal which helped him become a cult hero.

3) After hanging up his boots, Antic became a manager at 36 and his first position held was at Real Zaragoza, before becoming the only man to go on to manage Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

4) In the 1995/96 season, Antic guided Atletico Madrid to a historic La Liga and Copa Del Rey double and went on to have three separate spells as boss at the Vicente Calderon Stadium

5) Antic also managed the Serbian national team in 2008 and led them to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, before getting the sack for a poor Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

The 67-year-old went on to have two stints in China, before leaving Hebei Zhongji in January 2015.

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