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Speculation over the 55-year-old’s future emerged on Sunday afternoon following the Saints’ 4-1 home defeat to Newcastle United in the Premier League – their eighth top-flight loss of the season – with one report suggesting that an announcement to relieve him of his duties could be made in the next few days.

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Eddie Howe’s side fell behind against his former club when midfielder Philip Billing stretched to steer a Jordan Zemura cross from the left-hand wing past Nick Pope with just over an hour gone.

With Ben White and Gabriel fit to start, Mikel Arteta would have hoped to rely on some defensive solidity from his team but Aaron Ramsdale almost had the ball taken off his toe by Miguel Almiron after eight minutes before White went in the book for a lunge moments later.

The Magpies put three unanswered goals past Norwich City last time out, while Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated Villarreal 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The on-loan winger has been a hit with both fans and manager alike at the King Power Stadium. His tricky feet and regular goal contributions – including at Newcastle at the weekend – have seen supporters take to him, while his work-rate means he has a fan in City boss Brendan Rodgers.

Spurs are currently fifth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand, while Newcastle sit 14th, now nine points clear of the relegation zone.

The Blues will enter the contest off the back of a 3-1 win over Norwich City on Thursday, while Newcastle continued their excellent form on the same night with a 2-1 success at Southampton.

Seeking to extend their unbeaten Premier League run to seven games and move further away from the relegation zone, Newcastle United play host to Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon.

The Magpies have moved out of the relegation zone into 17th position due to their impressive run of results in recent weeks, while Brentford sit 14th, just four points above the bottom three.

The Telegraph had reported on Saturday that the former Chelsea and Monaco technical director had said no to Newcastle as the club could not meet his ambitious plans.