Newcastle are now ‘considering’ a move for Quique Sanchez Flores, according to the Telegraph.
Matt Law’s piece states that Flores – the former Swansea boss – is just one of severla names that have been shortlisted, however, with Laurent Blanc, Sean Dyche and Mikel Arteta also mentioned in the report.
That said, it’s said Arsene Wenger and Patrick Vieira have already ruled themselves OUT of the running, while people close to Belgian boss Roberto Martinez expect him to reject Mike Ashley if an offer came his way.
Here’s a snippet from the Telegraph’s new piece on our hunt for Rafa’s replacement:
‘Quique Sanchez Flores is one of the managers Newcastle United are considering to replace Rafa Benitez.
‘Newcastle have been gathering information on a number of candidates, including former Watford manager Flores, who this week resigned from his job at Shanghai Shenhua.
‘Flores was in China for just six months, but is now a free agent and Newcastle would not have to pay any compensation to appoint him.
‘It is understood that Newcastle have not yet approached Flores, with other managers, such as Laurent Blanc, Sean Dyche and Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta, still under consideration.
‘Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Nice manager Patrick Vieira have already ruled themselves out of contention to take over at Newcastle, while sources close to Roberto Martinez do not expect him to give up his job with Belgium to take charge at St James’ Park.‘
So, Quique Flores is the new man being considered by the club?
Flores recently resigned from him role at Shanghai Shenhua, but enjoyed a successful spell with Watford in his one and only spell in England so far.
The 54-year-old Spaniard helped them to a solid mid-table finish, an FA Cup semi-final and helped get the best out of attacking duo Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney – with the pair bagging 28 goals between them that season.
In between his spells in England and China he returned to Spain with Espanyol, however that stint did not go to plan, with him being sack after two struggling seasons.