According to The Mirror, Newcastle United have ‘rebuffed all contract’ from managers showing an interest in replacing Rafa Benitez at NUFC – with the club refusing to give up on keeping the Spaniard at the club beyond this season.
As we all know, Rafa’s current contract is set to expire next summer, with him failing to sign a new deal despite several rounds of talks over the past six months.
With him appearing to be no closer to putting pen to paper, Simon Bird’s piece claims that the club have been ‘offered a host of interested replacements by agents’ – however Newcastle have refused to engage.
Here’s a snippet from The Mirror’s latest piece, suggesting the club have not given up on keeping Benitez beyond this season:
“Newcastle are refusing to give up on keeping Rafa Benitez — by rebuffing all contacts from possible replacements.
“The Magpies’ manager is under contract until June, but has been involved in a stand-off with owner Mike Ashley since the summer.
“With Benitez’s long-term position uncertain, the club have, unsolicited, been offered a host of interested replacements by agents.
“However, Toon chiefs have refused to get involved in any discussions over a successor for the Spaniard as a key meeting, which could seal his decision, approaches.”
Interestingly, the story claims that the upcoming meeting between Benitez, Charnley and the club’s scouts could ‘seal’ Rafa Benitez’s decision over a new contract – so it’s no surprise that we’re not interested in considering any replacement as of yet.
I’d love to know which managers have had their names put forward.
Put it this way, I’d like to bet they’re nowhere near the calibre of Rafa Benitez..
(Fancy writing for us? Send any articles/ideas over to us at NUFCblogsubmissions@gmail.com & we’ll get back to you!)