An ‘exclusive’ on Sunday morning claims that Leicester want to replace Claude Puel with Rafa Benitez this summer.

The report says that if Mike Ashley doesn’t sell the club, then it is believed a lack of ambition at St James Park could be enough to attract Rafa Benitez to the Foxes.

Whilst you always need a healthy dose of scepticism with any of these ‘exclusives’, it is the constant fear for Newcastle fans of what Rafa’s breaking point would be.

There is no question that he has built up a great rapport with the Newcastle squad and fans, as well as the City, but if he is going to continue to be messed around by Mike Ashley when it comes to try and progress the club, then it is difficult to see him staying long-term.

With Sky Sports saying that their information, seemingly from the Ashley camp, is that the owner has increased the price tag on Newcastle United by £100m to £400m, it hardly gives confidence of the club being sold this summer.

Whilst Leicester have spent over £160m on new players in just the last 22 months, Rafa has actually made a profit in the transfer market for Mike Ashley/Newcastle.

This ‘exclusive’ from The Star is almost certainly correct in one respect anyway, claiming that Claude Puel’s days are numbered. The report making the point that Leicester’s owner is both ambitious and ruthless, having sacked Ranieri despite winning the Premier League and Shakespeare despite reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Claude Puel could make it a strange double, as he was sacked last summer by Southampton after only one year despite finishing eighth in the Premier League, albeit only six points above seventeenth.

Now Puel looks likely to end up ninth with the Foxes this season – but still get sacked once again.

After a decent start he has managed only two wins in the last 11 Premier League matches and the Leicester fans don’t seem too impressed with the football they are watching.

Only a couple of weeks ago, many Leicester supporters were praising Rafa Benitez after Newcastle outplayed the Foxes and win 2-1 away.

The Star:

Leicester EXCLUSIVE: Foxes line up Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez to replace Claude Puel.

LEICESTER CITY are lining up a summer swoop to bring Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez to the King Power Stadium.

The future of current Foxes manager Claude Puel is in serious doubt following reports of dressing room unrest – and their 5-0 hammering by Crystal Palace.

Spaniard Benitez, 58, has been hailed as a hero for keeping the Magpies in the Premier League this season, despite operating on a shoestring budget.

But though the Toon fans love him – and he is keen to stay at St James’ Park – Benitez said last week he needs greater financial clout in the transfer market.

And with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley still trying to sell the club, it could be hard for Benitez to turn down a move to the ambitious Foxes.

Ashley wants a reported £350m to let Newcastle go – but with offers of that size thin on the ground, Benitez is currently in limbo as to his future.



  • ross richardson

    So thats Arsenal, West Ham and now Leicester!!!! Anyone else the media want to link him to?? He’s not going anywhere ffs.

    • Leazes.

      Manchester United to replace Mourinho…. and build the new Bus-by babes.

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂😂

  • Leicester Mag

    Not spotted him yet. I’d be surprised not that he’d leave but that he’d come to Leicester. Leicester have a challenge on their hands much of the Premier League side is aging or has left and replacements largely unsuccessful .

    • TheNutJob

      then Rafa`s exactly what they need & i think their owner will spend a lot more if Rafa joins him

    • Rich Lawson

      Think Vardy,Huth and Morgan will go this close season ?

  • Viru leckworth

    It should spook Ashley, notwithstanding. However, will it?

    • TheNutJob

      nothing spooks Fatty

    • Jezza

      It won’t spook Ashley it will excite him. He wants Rafa gone so he can replace him with his puppet Pardew on a fifth of the salary with no complaining about the lack of transfer funds.

      • comment

        Your a muppet not a puppet

      • magpie 1969

        Boring

  • Peaky

    If…and it’s a big if…..Rafa goes to Leicester,would Penfold bring a new manager in on loan ???

    • TheNutJob

      Pards
      😂😂😂

    • Jezza

      No we’l get the Silver Pox on another 8 year contract.

  • TheNutJob

    there`s no chance of Jabba giving Rafa anywhere near the funds needed to bring in players, he just doesn`t care, all he want`s is the tv money & the free adverts.

    • Jezza

      That’s not true. He also wants the money that comes from selling all our best players.

      • TheNutJob

        missed that 1 Jez. thanks for the heads up

  • Lord

    Puel’s job looked in doubt following our win and his lacklustre post match interview. He’s a gonner for sure. Doubt Rafa will be the one to fill his shoes though.

  • Rich Lawson

    ”Too much pressure”. They have won the League and now expect instant success again,not going to happen,they will lose more of the Champ’s season team this close season (Vardy ?).All Rafa’ has to do here is win the League Cup !!? for a bus ride round the city and a statue.Daft as it sounds,we have more potential than Leicester now.

  • Shields Mag

    Wouldn’t believe anything from Star on Sunday, one thing is certain if Ashley starts penny pinching then Rafa will be away.

    • Jezza

      You mean if Ashley doesn’t stop penny pinching. He started penny pinching at our club 11 years ago.

      • comment

        He don’t manage sunderland

  • Peaky

    Coleman gone…..

    • TheNutJob

      let`s hope they get Pards & Geordie John before Jabba
      😂😂

    • Rich Lawson

      Surely not the bloke who was”going to stay even if they went down” ? Fat Sham,Pardew,Redknapp,Hughes,Strachan,cue Graham Porter in The Sun,”sleeping giant” etc, or administration ?

      • Peaky

        That’s him..

    • Tweed Mag

      And they may have new owners at Sunderland if the rumours are to be believed ‘international consortium led by an Eastleigh chairman Stewart Donald.’ Some good news for the mackems at last . . . .

      • Billmag

        Ha ha Eastleigh ???

    • nufcslf

      Not sure what that move will accomplish, if he was willing to stay that is. He should have been at least given to Christmas to see where the club was. Now manager number 3 has to start off with the sh*t squad David Moyes more or less left behind. Glad we don’t support that nighmare set up, or do we??!!…….

  • Billmag

    Good grief this forum is so depressing all you get from certain posters (the same one’s by the way ) fatty’s going to do this and that, Rafa’s going to walk it all gets really tedious. Where has all the good cheer gone, Rafa is into his second year of his project he won promotion he has overseen our safety in the premier, now let’s move on to the next part of our progression.

    • Jezza

      This club will never progress under Fatso. He has already achieved his ultimate footballing ambition with the club just by keeping us on the Premiership gravy train for another season.

      • Billmag

        Jezza he hasn’t achieved anything Rafa and the player’s have, after 11 years I know exactly what fatso’s about, but if you haven’t got hope you may as well pull the covers over your head.

        • Soldier

          There is no hope with Ashley

          • Billmag

            So what’s your solution bird brain, you prattle on about Fatso the way I look at it he isn’t going anywhere so do we just abort the club because of him, I don’t think so.

        • Jezza

          Yes I agree. What I meant to say is that Fatso has reached the limit of his ambitions for the club just by staying in the Premiership. He has got zero desire to take the club any further in footballing terms.

          • Billmag

            I know that mate but how do we get rid that’s the problem, what I was trying to get across was if you can’t block the fat get out of your mind it becomes an obsession.

    • Weyhhadaway

      Eleven years of Ashley repeating the same game of minimum investment for the most financial gain over and over?
      The owner has created the atmosphere of low expectations and cinisism.
      I am like all of the fans on here and want us playing good football with at least some assemblence of ambition. The reality is somewhat different, so I will build my hopes up if we are here in August with Rafa in charge of a strengthened squad.

    • Ba ba.

      Years and years of fatty repeating the same failed plan tells you what lies ahead .. .. Not negative realists.

      • Soldier

        there is no hope for Newcastle as long as Ashley owns

    • Soldier

      your optimism is tedious, another sad case, to even mention progression under Ashley proves you`re a fool.

      • Billmag

        What is the point of supporting a club if you haven’t got optimism.

        • TheNutJob

          optimism is Jabba leaving asap, that`s the only optimism at Newcastle, he stays we`re doomed

        • nufcslf

          As already said the owner and anybody who believes him are complete and utter tools. He is the doom and gloom, shame it is the so called same old ones are the only fans to see the the truth.

          • Billmag

            I have never supported the owner you look through any of my posts will tell you that, when you’ve lived through the dark days of previous encumbants Westwood and Mckeag you learn to live with optimism, so I will ask you what’s the solution and please and don’t say get rid of Fatso most of us want that but how do we do that, answers on a postage stamp.And by the way it’s the same maybe half dozen that twist on week in week out, them that have 3 and 4 aliases not proper supporters.

          • nufcslf

            I’m 51 and know the bad dark days all too well. But as bad as those owners were, they never got the money through huge sales and tv revenue this fat c**t has. Not to go would be the only and every solution. Don’t buy a thing from the club shop, empty ground would kill him. Never going to happen I know, so to come on here and show no support to him whatsoever is a start. I would have been banned from the ground a long time ago…KK being forced to be exact…but live in Vancouver, Canada and smashed things here instead. So all the poor barstewards I know here get it when and if they ask how I feel that we are now safe and greedy guts gets to keep next seasons money and likely force Rafa to walk. Stay away and he will f**k off, go he will never have any reason to leave.

  • Weyhhadaway

    We all want the dream of Rafa staying with half a dozen good signings and in a good position to push on up the league and maybe win a cup.
    However, this is the Toon and we still have Ashley. Which means he will gamble as usual. So the dream could still be a nightmare come August. Rafa gone, minimum spend in the window and the P45due/Johnny show in town again.

    • Soldier

      when it comes to Ashley it`s like asking Santa for a Ferrari & ending up with a Reliant robin, a yellow one.

  • Soldier

    The demise of Sunderland & clubs like Leeds, Blackburn etc just shows just how precarious life can be if you have the wrong owner. Ashley has gambled for 11 years now & in that time has relegated us twice only to be saved by two exceptional managers. if, or should i say when his luck runs out be afraid because we could go the way of the clubs mentioned above

  • Tino o

    I do believe if or more probably when the fat rrs turns Rafa over again he will go but not to Leicester. These are the owners who sacked a manager who miraculously won the title a dozen or so games into the following season . I think Rafa would be aware of that and give it a swerve

    • urban.spaceman

      Actually Claudio was sacked after his 38th game of that season on the back of a dreadful run of 5 straight defeats in the league – 6 games without a goal – and being knocked out of the cup by Millwall. He’d tinkered too much behind the scenes, meddled with the starting line up and often changed tactics on a whim hours before games leaving players out of their positions and comfort zones and nobody having any idea what they were supposed to be doing.

      When he left we were in the relegation zone. Our owners had no choice.

      • Tino o

        Really still a bit disrespectful

      • Tino o

        13 games remaining 1point outside relegation zone get it right

        • urban.spaceman

          25 Premier League games +
          1 League Cup game +
          4 FA Cup games +
          7 Champions League games =
          37 games. Close enough.

          And by the time our first game post Claudio came around we were in the relegaton zone by 1 point.

          Yes it was disrespectful but as Newcastle fans should know better than anyone, clubs can ill afford to be relegated these days.

          • Tino o

            Still should be ashamed of how he was treated enjoy puel you reap what you sow

          • urban.spaceman

            Grow up, pet.

  • Fatwatch

    I made a £100 bet with a mate when the Staveley story first broke, that it would never happen. It’s one of the few times I’d be happy to be proved wrong and give over 100 quid. Sadly, this summer is more of the same for me. However, no one is talking about the 1 year Rafa has left on his contract. Few loan deals here and there and a few bargain basement signings might be enough to keep him here for another season. I’ll get slated for saying that, but isn’t that what happened last summer and he stayed?