Everton have been linked with a move for Rafa Benitez – if Newcastle United fail to stay up.
Benitez is reportedly one of the names under consideration at the club should it part ways with under-pressure manager Roberto Martinez at the end of the season.
There have been loud calls for Martinez to go in recent weeks.
Benitez, meanwhile, has a clause in his Newcastle deal allowing him to leave in the event of relegation from the Premier League.
And the former Liverpool manager's family are based on Merseyside.
However, the 56-year-old, keen to rebuild United over the coming years, remains hopeful that the club can stay up.
Newcastle climbed out of the relegation zone at the weekend thanks to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.