Following the sacking of Claude Puel as Leicester City manager, Newcastle United’s Rafael Benitez had been touted as a potential successor to the Frenchman (Sky Sports).
However, with Brendan Rodgers close to being appointed as the new Leicester boss (Sky Sports), Benitez now looks set to remain at St. James’ Park until at least the end of the season when his contract expires.
It is not clear how genuine Leicester’s interest in Benitez was but, whatever the case, Newcastle supporters can now rest easy if they were not already.
With Premier League safety far from a certainty, losing a coach of Benitez’s ability and experience now would have come as a huge blow, especially at a time where things are currently going well for the club.
The Magpies have managed to pick up some good results in recent weeks including their 2-0 home win over Huddersfield Town last Saturday, while January signing Miguel Almiron is also showing a lot of promise, giving fans even more reason to be happy.
You can have a look at what some of those fans have had to say about Benitez’s future following the Leicester links below…
— Byernysern (@byernysern) February 26, 2019
Was never panicking
— All With Smiling Faces (@AWSFpodcast) 26 February 2019
I wasn’t panicking…..if Liverpool were looking for a manager then I’ll brick it.
Leicester, at best, would be a side step for Rafa. It’s a major step up for Rodgers. Resources and PL football…. neither of which Celtic will be able to offer.
— Rob G (blue tick pending) (@shearersbuddy) February 26, 2019
What panic? Newcastle need to make an offer that means Benitez WANTS to stay, not pray that nobody else wants him. If they don’t make that offer, he needs to leave.
— Brian Parkin (@BrianNUFC) February 26, 2019
The panic that Rodgers would be coming here?
— Gary (@_gary_wilson_) February 26, 2019
What panic? He would never join Leicester anyway
— Adrian (@Adrian____29) February 26, 2019
There was never any panic for him leaving now. The summer is another story
— ciaran williams (@kiwi871) February 26, 2019
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Rafa was never going to leave for Leicester
— Ben Dunn (@dunntoon) February 26, 2019