Rafa Benitez has today been linked with the Everton job as speculation mounts over the future of Roberto Martinez.
Benitez has a clause in his Newcastle United contract allowing him to leave in the event of relegation.
And the club's manager has been touted as a potential successor to Martinez, who could lose his job at the end of the season.
Up to now, the 56-year-old – whose family live on Merseyside – has refused to look beyond the next game.
Benitez, sweating on the fitness of Vurnon Anita, is preparing his players for Saturday's must-win game against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Newcastle climbed out of the Premier League's relegation zone last weekend thanks to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Sunderland, meanwhile, drew 1-1 at Stoke City thanks to an injury-time penalty from Jermain Defoe.
And Sam Allardyce, the club's manager, has given his team a blunt warning ahead of their matches against Chelsea and Everton.
Finally, United winger Andros Townsend – whose stunning free-kick claimed all three points from Palace – has revealed the secret behind the success of the set-piece.