Newcastle United

40-year-old tactician would be an ideal replacement for Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United

The Newcastle United supporters have been in buoyant mood in the Transfer Tavern since they watched their side record a priceless 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.

Newcastle United have been threatened by relegation for the vast majority of the season so far, but they finally earned themselves some respite from the fear of finishing inside the bottom-three last weekend as they moved 7 points clear of 18th place Southampton with a victory over David Wagner’s struggling Terriers. Rafa Benitez has masterminded his side’s survival effort this season with limited resources due to Mike Ashley’s reluctance to splash the cash in the transfer market, and he has deservedly claimed plenty of plaudits for his ability to grind out results this season.

At the end of the season the Spaniard will have just 1 year remaining on his current deal, so it’s likely he will have a decision to make regarding his future when the current campaign reaches its conclusion. His decision will naturally depend on whether Newcastle remain in the top-flight, but Ashley’s presence at the club is likely to be the most determining factor.

If Ashley sells the club to an investor who is willing to finance Benitez’s transfer ambitions then he will presumably be inclined to remain in the North-East, but if the controversial owner is unable to attract a suitable offer Newcastle’s manager will almost certainly be on his way out of the club. Benitez is already attracting interest from Real Sociedad according to reports in The Daily Mirror, and the relegation-threatened La Liga outfit are unlikely to be the only interested party this summer.

With that in mind, the Newcastle supporters may have to consider the prospect of welcoming a new boss to St James’ Park this summer, and one man they should certainly be pleased to see arrive is Marco Silva. Silva was recently dismissed from his post at Watford following a barren run of results.

Silva’s Watford side began the season in fine form, and the manner in which they were performing provoked fans and pundits to suggest that the Portuguese would be a worthy candidate to succeed either Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham or Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. However, the Everton job was the role he was firmly linked with after Ronald Koeman was dismissed by The Toffees, and those links appeared to disrupt and tarnish his tenure at Vicarage Road.

Although he ultimately failed to turn things around at Watford, it must be considered that external factors heavily contributed to The Hornets slump in form, and without the vicious Everton links, Silva could easily have challenged for Europa League football with the club.

Silva attempts to implement an aesthetically pleasing style of football into his teams, and this factor combined with his previous experience in the Premier League make Silva an ideal candidate to take over at Newcastle in the summer.

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