Clement is among the favourites for the managerial job at St James’ Park.
Real Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement has revealed his desire to succeed Alan Pardew as Newcastle United manager and has moved ahead in the race for the job as a result, according to the Sun.
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Clement is Carlo Ancelotti’s current No.2 and is yet to manage a club himself, but would be tempted by a switch to take the top spot at a Premier League club.
The 43-year-old is on Newcastle’s shortlist with, managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr heading the recruitment process as a successor for Pardew is sought before their league clash with Hull City on January 31.
John Carver is the current caretaker boss at St James’ Park, but it is understood that he is not in the running to permanently take charge.
Among the other candidates for the position are former Lyon manager Remi Garde, although the Frenchman is currently on a year’s sabbatical and is reluctant to end that early to take charge of the Magpies.
Clement is a well respected figure in the coaching world and has worked under Ancelotti previously as a coach at Chelsea and then as his assistant at Paris Saint-Germain, before moving with him to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in 2013.