Surely Mark Hughes won't be the latest Rovers legend to see a false dawn in the North East? This report builds him up as a contender.
Not counting Alan Shearer's medal tally (which isn't hard), it is worth considering running the "where are they now?" test on some of the previous Newcastle managers. Some were once even described as "ambitious". Hat tip to miroljub, a pseudonymous poster on Comment is Free.
Osvaldo Ardiles - in September 2007 was appointed Club Atletico Huracan manager in his native Argentina.
Kevin Keegan - currently runs Soccer Circus at Xscape at Renfrew, Renfrewshire.
Kenny Dalglish - seven years after his departure, he has yet to make a return to management.
Ruud Gullit - currently an analyst for the CL games on Sky Sports.
Graeme Souness - currently employed as a TV analyst on Ireland's RTE.
Glenn Roeder - manager at Norwich City.