Arteta And Howe Among The Leading Candidates To Replace Rafa Benitez As Newcastle Managerby Sean Raymond / 24 June 2019, 13:09Tweet
Newcastle fans received the news they had been worried about this lunchtime with the club confirming that Rafa Benitez will leave his position at the end of this month.
The Spanish manager has been unable to reach an agreement on a new deal and that ensures the Magpies are on the look out for a new gaffer. The news is the latest blow for a beleaguered fan base with the former Liverpool manager hugely popular on Tyneside during his tenure at St James's Park.
Attention inevitably turns to potential replacements for Bentiez but it won't be an easy search with the club still in a state of disarray under Mike Ashley and very little sign of that changing in the near future.
Benitez was clearly constrained by the lack of investment in the playing squad and that will surely also be the case for any incoming manager which doesn't make the job an attractive one for an ambitious coach.
The next Newcastle Manager betting market has exploded in the time since the Benitez news filtered through and here are three of the early leading candidates for one of the most prestigious jobs in the sport.
The former Birmingham manager would surely jump at the chance of a return to the Premier League if given the opportunity and he would be an easy appointment to make given his recent exit from St Andrews. Monk has enjoyed an up and down career in management so far but is already amongst the favourites for the Newcastle job which could see him back in work asap.
Howe has performed miracles at Bournemouth taking them from League Two into the Premier League and then keeping them there and as such it is no surprise to see his name in the frame with the bookmakers. The English coach will surely want to make the jump to a bigger club at some point, but will he really swap the stability of the Cherries for the madness at the Magpies?
Punters looking for a slightly left-field choice may want to consider Mikel Arteta who has been well backed for the Newcastle role in the time since the vacancy became available. The Spanish midfielder has a stellar reputation as a coach at Man City and having stayed at the Etihad rather than become the Arsenal manager last summer, is now the time for the former Everton player to make the big step into the hot seat?