Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira have BOTH ruled themselves out of the running for the Newcastle United job after ‘talks’ with Rafa Benitez, according to David Coverdale’s latest ‘exclusive’ for the Sun.
The piece states that the Man City assistant and Nice boss were both on Mike Ashley’s shortlist to replace Rafa, however it’s claimed the pair have been ‘put off’ after conversations with the Spaniard over the past week.
The piece also states that Newcastle have failed to follow up their interest in Roberto Martinez – who looks set to stay with Belgium – with us now looking set for Steve Bruce instead.
Here’s a snippet from David Coverdale’s new piece for the Sun:
‘MIKEL ARTETA and Patrick Vieira have been warned off the Newcastle job by Rafa Benitez.
‘Manchester City No 2 Arteta and Nice chief Vieira were on the Toon’s shortlist to succeed Benitez.
‘But SunSport understands Arteta yesterday ruled himself out after speaking to his fellow Spaniard, who criticised those who worked above him at St James’ Park.
‘And Arsenal icon Vieira did the same last week following a similar phone call with the ex-Magpies manager.
‘Newcastle have also not followed up on last week’s approach to Roberto Martinez, who wants to lead Belgium to glory in next summer’s Euros.
Some may criticise Benitez for scuppering our chances of landing promising young coaches in Arteta and Vieira, however he’s an honourable man who won’t lie to anyone reaching out to him for advice.
After all, who would speak highly of a man (Mike Ashley) who continually lied, failed to communicate, showed no ambition and ran the club in a completely dysfunctional manner.
As Bruce’s potential appointment highlights, we were never likely to attract any ambitious or talented manager after the damage Mike Ashley has done this summer – whether Rafa Benitez warned them off or not.