Newcastle fans here in the Tavern are drinking to the fact that a former Real Madrid manager could be on his way to St. James’ Park.
Several Geordie supporters, including a couple who are good friends with the Daily Mirror journalist who have broken the story, believe that Rafael Benitez could be the next manager to take to the dugout to try and stave off Premier League relegation.
The Steve McClaren experiment clearly has not worked and there are plenty of the Toon Army that are really angry with how things have panned out in recent times and a fresh start is needed quickly.
Benitez has a pedigree in management that would fit in with the supporters’ expectations, he has managed some of the top club sides in Europe with the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool and Inter Milan and has won trophies all over the continent.
The Geordie faithful have been crying out for ages for a managerial appointment and subsequent squad that can match their passion, commitment and expectations.
Could Newcastle, who face a major battle to be in the Premier League next season, really tempt a manager that was in charge at Real Madrid three months ago to the club?
Benitez would want guarantees of a budget that could compete if he were to join but there would be no doubts that it would be an appointment that would leave the long-suffering supporters raising their glasses to better times ahead.