Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer could be ready to accept the job as the club's manager.
The Premier League's all-time record goalscorer, touted as a future boss long before he hung up his boots at the end of the 2005/06 season, has concentrated on media work.
Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce and Kevin Keegan have all vacated the manager's job at St James' Park since Shearer stopped playing but on each occasion he has rebuffed the chance to take over.
It was thought unlikely Shearer would take the job while there was such uncertainty over the future of the club with owner Mike Ashley desperate to sell. Interim manager Joe Kinnear has steadied the ship but there is still the belief that Magpies remain in limbo.
Former Newcastle player and close friend of Shearer, Rob Lee now says Shearer will walk away from his contract with the BBC to manage his hometown club. And Lee himself would be more than happy to take a post in Shearer's coaching team.
"I can honestly say, yes, Alan Shearer will manage Newcastle,'' Lee told The Mag, Newcastle's leading fanzine. "Until now I would have just said that he would one day but I finally believe that he would tomorrow if the job is how he wants it, without all the silly games going on that have killed it.''
Lee, however, believes Ashley, who put the club up for sale following the furore surrounding Keegan's resignation in September, could win over the fans by appointing Shearer as boss.
"Mike Ashley would solve a lot of his problems by appointing Alan and accepting that mistakes have been made,'' Lee added. "Alan could be a priceless get out of jail card. Now is the time to make the club what we all want.''
Lee, who spent 10 seasons playing for Newcastle, admitted he would consider returning alongside Shearer.
"Yes I would love to be part of it,'' he added.