Clarence Seedorf is reportedly holding 'secret talks' about becoming the new Newcastle United boss, according to Italian media.
The Dutch legend has been out of work after a four month stint in charge of former club AC Milan.
Calciomercato claims talks have been held between Seedorf and the club since Newcastle's torrid 3-0 defeat at home to Leicester City on Saturday.
Seedorf's short spell in management has been dubbed unsuccessful but with a win percentage of 50% at Milan, that may be a harsh statement.
Seedorf has a wealth of experience in football and is currently the only player in history to win the UEFA Champions League with three different sides. He is regarded as one of the best midfielders of all time.
A Huge Gamble
The deal is by no means done and scepticism surrounds the situation. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is known for his continued patience of under-fire managers.
Also, as Seedorf has no Premier League experience, it would be a huge risk bringing him into the club at this tough time. NUFC fans allowed themselves to get excited over the summer, when Patrick Vieira was heavily tipped to be the next manager. So it may be for the best to not expect a change in the near future.
However, if results continue to go against Newcastle, they may be forced into making a new managerial change. The club sit one point above the relegation zone and have been playing poorly in recent weeks.
Steve McClaren is under increased pressure after telling fans to 'judge him after ten games'. The amount of money spent in the summer also leaves fans concerned with lacklustre performances.
David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and even Rafa Benitez have all been linked with the job but with the club in a dangerous position, the risks attached could heavily damage their reputations.