Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has played down suggestions that Sven-Goran Eriksson is being lined up to succeed Glenn Roeder as the club’s manager.
Reports have linked the former England coach with a move to St James’ Park.
But Shepherd said: “Any talk of Sven-Goran Eriksson – or anyone else for that matter – coming as manager to here is sheer and utter garbage.
“I have not spoken to Sven since he left the England job and I have no intention of speaking to him.”
Eriksson has not worked since stepping down as England manager after the World Cup in July and has long been linked with the post.
Eriksson’s assistant Tord Grip was at Monday’s 0-0 Premiership draw with Arsenal, although he was on Tyneside as the guest of Gunners vice-chairman David Dein.
And Shepherd added: “I have not spoken to his agent Athole Still nor Tord Grip, and as far as I am aware, they have not approached us.
“In any case if they did, it would not matter a jot because we already have a manager.”