Steve Wraith has identified Rafa Benitez as the possible man to succeed Steve Bruce at Newcastle United should the latter lose his job, via talkSPORT.
Keith Downie recently dropped an update on the future of the former Aston Villa and Sunderland boss after calls were made by some fans at St. James’ Park for him to be sacked after the very embarrassing 1-0 loss at the hands of Sheffield United, who are currently bottom of the Premier League.
Should Bruce keep the Newcastle job?
In the update, the Sky Sports journalist highlighted that while Mike Ashley still shows his support for Bruce, the chief executive of Sports Direct would be concerned if the Tyneside club were to get dragged into a relegation dog fight.
Given that the Toon are currently just seven points outside of the relegation zone having played 17 matches, with Burnley and Fulham, who sit below them, having an extra game in hand, while the Magpies have not won in their last six games in the league, things are certainly starting to look a bit bleak.
Nonetheless, Wraith, speaking to talkSPORT, believes that Benitez should return if Bruce were to lose his job, saying “Mike Ashley needs to speak to the people” who could buy the club and needs to “bend the knee and apologise” to Rafa.
Benitez may have unfinished business at Newcastle
Benitez may well have unfinished business at NUFC, and given his managerial pedigree, having managed big-name clubs like Real Madrid and Inter Milan, as well as having previous experience managing in the Premier League with both Liverpool and Chelsea before his first spell on Tyneside, he would certainly be a big-name successor to Bruce should he lose his job.
However, whether the Spaniard would return to the North East is another question for now, but Wraith has certainly made his feelings clear.
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