Published 02/11/2010 | 05:00
Few in Newcastle were aware of a possible link-up when contacted yesterday, with local newspaper sources and former Irish internationals Mick Martin and John Anderson expressing surprise when Kerr's name was linked with the posting.
Although rooted in logic, Hughton may be seeking to push his employers to the limit in an attempt to ensure he doesn't get lumbered with someone like Peter Beardsley, who has little Premier League managerial credibility.
Kevin Sheedy, currently working at youth level with Everton and a former international room-mate of Hughton's, has been mentioned as a compromise candidate.
Unless he named either Ant or Dec, though, it seems few names could match the expectations of some starry-eyed punters, albeit Sunday's chanting and the 5-1 thrashing of Sunderland are strong bargaining points.
Rash rumours that former owner Freddie Shepherd -- Shearer's old buddy -- was on the verge of making a dramatic comeback were scuppered within minutes of flashing across the wires yesterday.
Anything is possible at this club. So perhaps a Hughton-Kerr link-up is more likely than you think.