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Newcastle fans open to idea of appointing target Mikel Arteta

Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta is reportedly on a managerial shortlist – and some Newcastle United fans on Twitter are pleased by the speculation.

According to the Telegraph, the 37-year-old is one of four names drawn up on a shortlist by the Magpies.

It is understood that Patrick Vieira, Steven Gerrard and Eddie Howe are also being considered, while Sean Dyche and Steve Bruce are viewed as backup options.

The report details that the North East club want to look at bringing in a younger coach following the departure of Rafael Benitez this summer.

The Spaniard’s exit has hit many Newcastle supporters hard, but they will have to accept that a new man will be in charge next season.

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A selection of Newcastle fans on social media have given a thumbs up to the Arteta links and believe he may be a strong fit.

The Spanish coach is currently the number two at Manchester City and will be soaking up so much from manager Pep Guardiola, who many view as the best in the world.

Arteta is a key part of the backroom staff at the Etihad Stadium and helped Manchester City to win back-to-back Premier Leagues, with many tipping him to become a future manager.

Here are some Newcastle fans discussing Arteta:

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