The next full-time manager of Newcastle United will be Glenn Roeder - if the club can reach agreement with the FA over a timetable for his permanent appointment.
That was the news being reported on Tyneside today, although it seems as if the story may have appeared prematurely.
From what we can gather, the scenario is this:
Roeder's allotted 12 week tenure as stand-in boss has now expired, but the club successfully appealed to the FA for an extension until the end of the season - citing the ongoing uncertainty over the FA's appointment of a new England boss as a mitigating factor.
The decision has now been made by the club to appoint Roeder on a permanent basis, but further clearance is required for this to be ratified as a valid appointment by the FA.
Our rationale appears to be that the part -qualified Roeder will complete the outstanding parts of the Prolicence course before next season, meaning he'll take charge for our opening game of 2006/07 with all required qualifications.
We've now reputedly asked for this to be rubber-stamped by the FA.
Saturday saw Roeder oversee his tenth victory in fifteen games since taking over from Graeme Souness in February.
The club posted the following quotes from Freddy Shepherd on the official site:
"I am aware of reports circulating today but the club will not be making any comment on them.
"We haven't ruled anyone in, or out, as far as things go.
"When we have something to say on the matter we will make an official announcement."