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Sky Sports say Mike Ashley looking at Avram Grant to replace Rafa Benitez

3 years ago

Sky Sports say that their information is that Mike Ashley is considering Avram Grant to be the replacement for Rafa Benitez.

The 64 year old last managed in England back in 2010/11, lasting one season at West Ham.

He actually did Newcastle a favour because when the Hammers were relegated and he was sacked, it meant a relegation clause allowed Demba Ba to move on a free transfer to St James Park.

Since then, Avram Grant has managed at Mitro’ former club Partizan Belgrade and continuing the Newcastle related theme, being in charge of Ghana’s national team including Christian Atsu for three years.

The former Chelsea manager is currently at the ironically named ‘North East United’, who play in the Indian Super League.

Grant was employed as Technical Advisor before being handed the manager’s job.

Sky Sports claim that Rafa Benitez ‘would welcome the opportunity to manage Dalian (Yifang)’, the club in China he was recently linked with.

I get a horrible feeling that Sky Sports are once again pushing the Mike Ashley agenda, as I’m pretty certain that Rafa would have ‘welcomed’ it a lot more if he had been given the opportunity to stay and do a proper job at Newcastle United.

It certainly feels like Sky Sports are pushing a pro-Ashley stance by trying to portray wages as the main driving force for Rafa Benitez, previous reports had claimed Rafa being offered a £12m a year wage, which Sky Sports have now ramped up to a claim of £25m!

Sky Sports news:

‘Avram Grant is being considered for a role at Newcastle United after the departure of Rafael Benitez, according to Sky Sources

Sky sources understand Benitez is increasingly likely to take up a £25m-a-year offer to manage Chinese club Dalian Yifang.

A number of Chinese teams, including Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande, have been interested in Benitez in recent years.

The Spaniard is not allowed to talk to potential suitors until his contract runs out on Sunday.

However, Sky sources understand Benitez would welcome the opportunity to manage Dalian, who are currently 11th in the Chinese Super League.’


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