Thomas Tuchel has already been strongly linked with the Newcastle Head Coach job but now there are claims that United had held two sets of talks with his fellow countryman Bruno Labbadia.

Previously a manager for a year each at Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen, Labbadia’s last job ended when Stuttgart sacked him eighteen months ago.

bruno labbadiaThe former German international striker was reported by the press in German to have met Newcastle officials twice in recent days.

However, the Chronicle now say that the club have told them this is untrue.

With the Sky report on Sunday that Newcastle had spoken to three candidates already, little wonder that these reports/claims will continue to surface and sifting the truth from the fiction is ever more elusive.

Until an appointment is actually made, it is hard to get away from the feeling that this is an ongoing strategy of misinformation from the club, to deflect attention away from a failure so far to bring in much needed players in this transfer window.

Newcastle failing to win in the three matches since becoming manager-less and in the process having dropped out of the FA Cup, important details that are getting a bit lost (which Mike Ashley will love) while this manager/head coach shambles stretches out ever longer.

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