8 candidates for the Newcastle job: Who will replace Rafa Benitez?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 July 2019, 11:11

It’s been over a week since Rafa Benitez officially left his post at Newcastle, although the Spaniard has since revealed that Mike Ashley knew he would be departing back in mid-May.

During that time Benitez has not only bagged himself a lucrative new job over in China, but won his first game in charge, while former club Newcastle appear no closer to appointing his successor.

The next Newcastle manager market remains an absolute minefield, splattered with a jukebox of different gaffers, 10 of which we pluck out below…

Roberto Martinez

The favourite with many bookmakers. Roberto Martinez led Belgium to third at the 2018 World Cup and given the stunning squad at his disposal he will fancy his chances of glory at next summer’s European Championships. The question is: Would he trade this potential for the uncertainty at Newcastle? Probably not.

Mikel Arteta

Has been learning the managerial ropes under the best in the business - Pep Guardiola - since 2016. The Spaniard is being hotly tipped to succeed the Man City boss when he moves on, but if he’s got his sights set on an impending move into management then Newcastle would no doubt be eager to lure him up to St James’ Park. Again, it’s unlikely to see this one coming to fruition.

Quique Sanchez Flores

The former Watford boss has buzzed into the betting after his six-month stint at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua came to an end last week. The Telegraph reports that the Spaniard is now ‘under consideration’ for the Toon post, and unlike a number of names in this list, is currently out-of-work. Would be a solid appointment.

Steven Gerrard

Could he do a Frank Lampard and move jobs after just a year in management? The Rangers boss is believed to be on Newcastle’s shortlist, although an approach has not yet been made. It will cost the Toon given that he’s still got three years left on his Gers contract.

Chris Wilder

Cut to 8/1 over the weekend, but it’s difficult to envision Wilder abruptly leaving boyhood club Sheffield United with whom he’s just led into the Premier League, in order to join the Magpies. If Newcastle are tempted, you can see why, the Englishman has enjoyed a remarkable rise up the managerial ladder over the last five years; during which he’s won the League One and Two titles, and then promotion into the top-flight at the second time of asking.

Sam Allardyce

Big Sam has been out of work far too long for our liking. He did, of course, manage Newcastle back in 2007 when he arrived a few weeks before Mike Ashley’s takeover. The veteran gaffer only lasted up until January 2008, and he may still be bitter at his exit, having revealed last year that he went into a meeting with Ashley expecting funds for transfers, only to be propelled out of the exit door.

Jose Mourinho

Was a 2/1 shot last month but is now out at 14/1 in the betting. Would be a huge coup but what appeared to be a slight possibility at one point, now appears increasingly unlikely. Over the weekend Mourinho received a colossal £88m offer to manage in China, which he rejected. We expect the former Man Utd manager to return to a European club sometime in the near future, but not Newcastle, unfortunately.

Phil Neville

Phil Neville’s dreams of leading the Lionesses to World Cup glory may have fallen agonisingly short after a semi-final exit, however he’s done his managerial reputation no harm since his surprise appointment last year. He’s unlikely to be the first choice, but considering how open the market is he could prove to be some value at 33/1.

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