According to the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas, former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic would be ‘interested’ in taking over on Tyneside if Rafa Benitez left the club this summer.
We’re all waiting for good news on Rafa’s future, praying he’ll be sign a new contract, we’re now heading into the final month of his current deal – so we’re bound to be hearing whispers about potential replacements.
“The nightmare scenario no-one wants to think about – not even Newcastle, who have not made a Plan B.
“I think they’d be ready to move quite quickly if Benitez did decide to leave, and they’ve had a lot of agents registering interest for their clients.
“As I reported two weeks ago, an agent with links to Arsene Wenger suggested the French manager could be interested if the circumstances were right. But I think that’s a long shot.
“Ex-Benfica boss Jorge Jesus’ agent has put his claims forward and Brendan Rodgers was the logical choice before he left to go to Leicester.
“Slaven Bilic would also be interested in the job.
“But the list isn’t inspiring really and anyone walking in would face an uphill task convincing United fans desperate to see Benitez continue that they can do the job.”
Wenger seems so unlikely – if it’s not good enough for Rafa, I don’t see him agreeing to Ashley’s demands – and Jorge Jesus seems agent driven, but Bilic is a new named linked.
As Douglas says, any list of options would be uninspiring when compared to Benitez, showing just how important it is that we get the Spaniard signed up this summer.
Bilic has been out of work for since February but did brilliantly at international level with Croatia and had mixed success during his spell with West Ham.
He guided the Hammers to Europe after a 7th-place finish in the 2015/16 season, finished 11th the following year but was then sacked in the back-end of 2017 after West Ham’s awful start to the 2017/18 campaign.