It appears Newcastle United could be preparing for life without Rafa Benitez at St. James’ Park.
The Spaniard’s current contract is set to expire in the summer and there are doubts about whether he will remain with the Premier League outfit beyond the end of the season.
And, according to a report by TEAMtalk, it appears Mike Ashley has been making contingency plans should he need to find someone to take over.
Michael Carrick has been named as a surprise possibility with it being understood that he is an emerging contender for the top job.
Currently coaching alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, the former midfielder is a Geordie and the option of bringing a hometown boy back to the club he once supported is something the owner would strongly consider.
Newcastle will, and must, do everything they can to convince Rafa Benitez to remain at the club and sign a new deal.
However, it is not a bad idea for them to be looking at their options and consider potential targets with doubts over the Spaniard’s future.
Carrick could be a great option for the club, however, there will be doubts about what he can bring to the club with his very limited managerial ability.
Newcastle fans – thoughts?