Brendan Rodgers to replace Rafa Benitez is the claim in the media on Saturday morning.
An exclusive alleges Mike Ashley is interesting in bringing in the Celtic manager if results don’t improve in the next few weeks at Newcastle.
This pretty lame/feeble exclusive comes from The Mirror and doesn’t make any sense whichever way you look at it.
It looks as though it has been prompted/dreamed up after Charlie Nicholas (see below) suggested early this month that a club with ‘big potential’ like Newcastle, could be a perfect next move for Brendan Rodgers if the opportunity came up.
‘Brendan Rodgers lined up by Newcastle to replace Rafael Benitez – if Magpies can’t end winless run
EXCLUSIVE: Fears are growing behind the scenes at St James’s Park with Newcastle only managing two points from their opening eight games
Five of Newcastle’s six league defeats, though, have come against teams who were in last year’s top six.
And it is their next three games – against Brighton, Southampton and Watford – that are now understood to be pivotal for Benitez and a better indicator of Newcastle’s prospects.’
It is simply stating the obvious that the upcoming games look more winnable than most so far this season.
It is not only the next three games that Rafa/NUFC can seriously target, 11 of the 12 matches before the end of the year are against clubs outside the usual PL top six.
The thought of Mike Ashley sacking Rafa Benitez is simply ludicrous.
For one, he would have to pay him compensation.
Secondly, even the Fat Controller knows that there is nobody else he could attract that would give this underfunded squad a better chance of staying up than Rafa Benitez does.
The Mag – 3 October 2018:
Charlie Nicholas talking to Scottish Daily Star:
“I am not sure Brendan Rodgers will still be Celtic manager come the end of January.
“It looks as if the relationship between Brendan and Peter Lawwell is broken.
“He is a top manager and there would be no shortage of clubs who would be keen to land him if he was to indicate he wanted to leave Celtic Park.”
“Clubs with big potential like Leicester City or Newcastle United could become available, or something even bigger.
“These clubs would be interested in Brendan, and another for me is Aston Villa.
“You may ask why he would leave Celtic for the Championship?
“But Villa are a big club, and Brendan could see it as a major project to go on and create another legacy.”