Thursday afternoon has seen reports that Newcastle United have allegedly been approached with offers of replacement managers for Rafa Benitez.
However, it is claimed Newcastle have turned away the approaches because they still hope to persuade the current manager to stay.
The story has been carried/broken by The Mirror, who report that agents approached the club of their own volition, offering the services of their client(s).
The newspaper claims that Newcastle United have refused to encourage any of those approaching them, at least until a meeting is held in the near future, where they supposedly hope to persuade Rafa Benitez to stay.
It isn’t difficult to work out that any potential candidates being put forward will almost certainly be out of work at the minute.
For starters, you would have a car full with the likes of Allardyce, Carver, Pardew and JFK all currently unemployed/unemployable.
If/when Rafa Benitez ever does leave whilst Mike Ashley still owns the club, the one thing we can be pretty certain of, is that any replacement will not be good news.
‘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.’