In the heady haze of speculation that surrounds a club set to appoint a new manager, there is also ample opportunity for joke candidates to emerge.
What is less usual however, is for the club to seriously be considering an option that, for example, would make Jamie Carragher burst out laughing at the very idea.
Fabricio Coloccini has been installed as the early 7/4 favourite to replace Alan Pardew, who looks destined to take up the reins at Crystal Palace imminently.
Newcastle United have become a club renowned for strange decisions under the stewardship of Mike Ashley, but turning to the Argentine defender, who was desperate to leave the club for his homeland in January 2013, could be a suicidal move.
That’s especially true as there are some far safer pairs of hands available on the market, chief among which is Tony Pulis, who is currently being wooed by West Brom and is 8/1 to replace Pardew.
The Welsh manager will not come cheap after his Manager of the Year-winning exploits at Crystal Palace last season, but has a proven Premier League record and would bring a rare air of calm to St James’ Park.
If Ashley fancies something a little spicier, why not another mouthy Londoner that the Geordie faithful will be sure to take close to their hearts?
Tim Sherwood’s brief, mixed stint at Tottenham Hotspur is not a great deal of experience to go on, but at 4/1 to be Newcastle’s next boss, he’s clearly part of the conversation.
If the Magpies really are considering Coloccini, why not line-up a joke candidate with a history of making people laugh, and get in touch with Ant and Dec’s agent?
The cheery duo are 100/1 to take over at St James’, a price that seems to fail to take into account their established roots in the north east.
Finally, perhaps a more interesting option for the savvy punter to explore is Ally McCoist, who is 11/1 to get the gig after parting with Rangers recently.
As a part-owner of the Scottish club, Ashley is currently helping to pay McCoist during his gardening leave, and the notoriously thrifty owner might fancy making the manager do some work for that cash.