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Last Updated: Thursday January 10 2008 18:39 GMT

Race on for new Magpies manager

Sam Allardyce

The race is on to find a new manager for Newcastle United after Sam Allardyce left the club.

Names linked with the vacancy have included Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp and ex-Magpies captain Alan Shearer.

But Pompey have made a statement saying that Redknapp "remains as committed as ever" to his post at the club.

And it's been reported that Alan Shearer is unlikely to go because he's happy in his current job on Match Of The Day.

Other names which have been put forward as possible managers include Martin Jol, Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klinsmann, Marcello Lippi, Mark Hughes and former England boss Steve McClaren.

Allardyce, 53, who had been in charge for less than eight months, parted company with the club on Wednesday.

Thanks

Club officials made a statement confirming the news and thanking Allardyce for his efforts and wishing him well for the future.

Allardyce said: "I am disappointed to be leaving Newcastle United, but I wish the club all the best for the remainder of the season and for the future."



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