Guillem Balague has dropped a big claim on whether Rafa Benitez could become the next manager to potentially succeed Steve Bruce at Newcastle United.
Writing in a tweet, the Spanish football journalist has claimed that a return to the St. James’ Park faithful is not an option for Benitez while Mike Ashley is still the owner at the Tyneside club, but also admitted that he could ‘maybe’ return under new ownership, adding that he feels as if the Spaniard has ‘unfinished business’ in the North East.
Should Benitez return to Newcastle?
Benitez may be ideal man to replace Bruce
There is no doubt that Bruce is currently a man under pressure given the Magpies’ very poor run of results as of late which has seen them be knocked out of both domestic cup competitions and drop ever so dangerously closer to the relegation zone in the Premier League.
Ashley has a big decision to make as to whether to keep the former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss in the job at the risk of potentially going down once again to the EFL Championship, which would also surely make it more difficult to complete the potential takeover of the Toon by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) group.
Nonetheless, given the connection that he built at NUFC when he was there before, coupled up with the pedigree that he has built up managing the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan, Benitez could well be the ideal successor to Bruce should he be sacked, but it looks like he has no desire to work under Ashley again.
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