Zinedine Zidane snubs Newcastle offer to succeed Steve Bruce

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has reportedly turned down an offer to become the next boss of Newcastle United, according to RMC.

Zidane won two LaLiga titles and three back-to-back Champions League trophies during his time at Madrid. He left the job earlier this year as Carlo Ancelotti returned to the Bernabeu and has now attracted the attention of Newcastle after their Saudi-backed £300m takeover.

Newcastle took the unusual step of releasing a statement ahead of the weekend’s game to say that manager Steve Bruce would still be in charge.

“We have had an extremely busy week reviewing the business and getting to know people and it is imperative that we continue to be patient and considered in our approach,” new part-owner Amanda Staveley said.

“Change does not always happen overnight. It demands time and that we follow a carefully considered plan and strategy.

“Steve has been very professional in our dealings with him and he, and his coaching team, will take the team on Sunday. If we make any changes going forward, Steve will be the first to know. But, in the meantime, we wish him the best of luck in his 1,000th match as a manager and will be joining you [the fans] in getting right behind the team.”