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Leicester City looking to take Rafa Benitez from Newcastle United – Report

3 months ago

Friday morning brings fresh claims that Leicester City want Rafa Benitez to be their new manager for next season.

Claude Puel has been under pretty much constant pressure during his 16 months at the club, with fans never really taking to the current boss since he took over in October 2017.

Leicester finished only three points clear of Newcastle in ninth last season and things have gone downhill from there.

Despite being backed with a spend of over £100m last summer, the Foxes are worst of the best in terms of being 12th, five points clear of the eight clubs fighting relegation but 18 points off sixth place and 33 off the top.

They have scored the lowest number of goals of all the top 12, amid calls of negative football from the fans.

With a draw and five defeats in their last six games, including Newport knocking them out of the FA Cup, the writing is on the wall.

Leicester have been ruthless in sacking managers since winning the Premier League and it looks all but impossible for Puel to still be in charge in August.

It is The Mirror who are running the story claiming Rafa Benitez is being lined up to be the new man at the King Power stadium, once his contract runs out this summer.

This isn’t exactly a new story as it has been written many times, so who knows whether it is new information or simply the Mirror recycling what has been said/written before.

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However, it is a story that will be written many times more, so long as Leicester are looking for a manager to get better from their talented group of individuals and so long as Mike Ashley is refusing to properly back Rafa Benitez.

The Newcastle boss has repeatedly said that staying in the UK close to his family is important and with Leicester being just over a hundred miles away from his family home in the north west, it is even handier than Tyneside.

Newcastle fans can only watch on and wonder at the absurdity of how their club is ran and why even Mike Ashley wouldn’t appreciate having a manager such as Rafa Benitez.


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