According to TEAMtalk, Newcastle are considering a move for Sean Dyche should Rafa Benitez leave this summer – and they claim the Burnley boss would ‘jump at the chance’ to manage at St James’ Park.
The same report also claims that Manchester United coach Michael Carrick is also on Newcastle’s list of ‘potential targets’ should Rafa depart, also stating that several ‘big name’ managers have shown their interest in taking over on Tyneside.
Here’s a snippet from TEAMtalk’s piece, which also suggests Lyon boss Bruno Genesio and ex-Anderlecht manager Fred Rutten would be keen:
“Newcastle themselves were compiling a list of potential targets which included Geordie-born Manchester United coach Michael Carrick and Burnley boss Sean Dyche – who would likely jump at the chance to take control at St James’ Park.
“But we can now reveal that a number of ‘big names’ have made it clear via their agents that they would be keen. Amongst those believed to be keen is Lyon boss Bruno Genesio, who has already confirmed he will be leaving the club this summer, and Dutchman Fred Rutten – who has recently left Anderlecht.”
Dyche has done an exceptional job at Turf Moor, proving himself to be a competent Premier League manager and working wonders at Burnley last season in guiding them to 7th, however he would still be a considerable downgrade on Rafa Benitez.
That’s the problem facing us here. If Rafa Benitez leaves, there’s no way we appoint any form of upgrade, highlighting just how vital it is that we give the Spaniard what he needs to sign a new contract.
Some may see Geordie-born Carrick or Lyon’s Genesio as ‘intriguing’ appointments should Rafa leave, but why take a risk when you could just keep a world class operator in Benitez?
This report from TEAMtalk could be a load of nonsense, however this is the sort of speculation we are bound to face for as long as the uncertainty surrounding Rafa’s future drags on.