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‘It’s Pardew to West Ham lads’ – Newcastle United fans delighted over Benitez update

The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to an update via Sky Sports News that claims Newcastle United are confident of keeping Rafa Benitez in charge ahead of next season. Benitez had been heavily linked with the West Ham job as the Hammers’ board claimed they were very close to appointing a manager with experience in the Premier League and in Europe.

Whilst Rafa Benitez is one of a number of managers who fits the bill, the Magpies were worrying that the Spaniard could be on his way out of St James Park seeing as his demands were unlikely to be met by Newcastle’s tyrant owner, Mike Ashley. The Sports Direct businessman has been told that if he is to keep Benitez on Tyneside then he needs to make funds available for the club to kick on from a mid-table side to a team pushing for Europe.

On the West Ham front, it looks like Manuel Pellegrini will be the next manager at The London Stadium, allowing out local Geordies to breathe a sigh of relief as they can prepare for life with Benitez at the helm for a third full season. The ex-Rea Madrid ad Liverpool manager will be looking to bolster his squad in the transfer window and with a relatively tight budget, he’ll need to be coy as he targets improvements on the squad that helped him to a 10th placed finish this season.

You can read our local Magpies’ verdict on Benitez here:

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