South Sydney have ruled out releasing coach Michael Maguire from the final two years of his contract to link with Newcastle.
Maguire has been approached by Newcastle management to take up the vacant Knights coaching position next year.
He is believed to be one of two candidates for the position along with ex-St George Illawarra mentor Nathan Brown.
He would need to secure a release from the last two years of his contract but the Rabbitohs are refusing to entertain letting go of Maguire, who helped to break the club's 43-year premiership drought last year.
"To put an end once & for all to a limping dog of a 'story': Madge ain't going nowhere," chairman Nick Pappas tweeted on Monday.
Knights chief executive Matt Gidley has also said he believed it would not happen because Maguire is tied up at the Rabbitohs for the next two seasons.