According to the Chronicle, ex-Benfica boss Jorge Jesus would ‘jump at the chance’ to take over at Newcastle United if Rafa Benitez did leave the club this summer.
Interestingly, the same report claims Brendan Rodgers was keen to take charge at St James’ Park if the opportunity did come up – with him set to be in the opposite dugout to Benitez tomorrow night ahead of our clash with Leicester.
Here’s a snippet from Lee Ryder’s latest piece on the managerial situation at St James’ Park, mentioning 64-year-old Jesus as a possible contender:
‘One of those managers jostling for position is ex-Benfica boss Jorge Jesus.
‘In Portugal, those around him are trying to play things cool but Jesus – who has not managed in one of Europe’s big leagues – is desperate to get a Premier League club and would jump at the chance to manage Newcastle.’
Jesus may have done well with Benfica and Sporting Lisob, being well respected in Portugal, but a manager who’s yet to test his hand in one of Europe’s big leagues hardly seems a convincing replacement should the worst happen this summer and Rafa leaves.
Then again, I don’t think there’s any manager out there who would seem like a strong appointment when compared to the Champions League winning, world class operator we currently have in Rafa Benitez.
Talk of a potential replacement is inevitable at this stage, with Rafa’s contract close to expiring, but let’s just hope safety can be secured at Leicester on Friday and a contract agreed between Benitez and the club.