Could Rafa Benitez switch Newcastle for West Ham?by Jack Kitson / 22 August 2017, 16:20Tweet
The 2017/18 Premier League season may only be two games old, but already there are whispers that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez could stun the Toon by switching Premier League dugouts over to West Ham.
Benitez’s future at Newcastle has been in the spotlight all summer following a frustrating transfer window, a strained relationship with Mike Ashley, and now back-to-back defeats in the Premier League.
As a result the Spaniard is one of the favourites (3/1) to become the first top-flight gaffer to leave his post this season.
Another manager feeling the heat at this incredibly early stage is West Ham’s Slaven Bilic who is also pointless after to games, with his troops rooted to the bottom of the table following losses to Man Utd and Southampton.
In turn bookmakers’ Paddy Power have opened up the Next West Ham Manager Market, installing Benitez as the 4/1 frontrunner to succeed Bilic, should the Croatian be axed.
Other names on the betting include Man City’s former title-winning boss Roberto Mancini, now of Zenit, Fulham gaffer Slavisa Jokanovic, Lazio’s Simone Inzaghi, and also Lille’s Marcelo Bielsa.
However, it’s Benitez’s presence at the summit of the market which will get tongues wagging.
Coincidently the Magpies boss faces off against Bilic on Saturday at St James’ Park - a defeat for either gaffer would place him under immense pressure only three games into the new season.