Report – Rafa Benitez Is Advising Against Newcastle Position

The Sun’s David Coverdale is reporting that both Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira have been put off the Newcastle United manager’s position after consulting with Rafa Benitez.

Coverdale writes in his article:

Manchester City No.2 Arteta and Nice chief Vieira were on the Toon’s shortlist to succeed Benitez.

But SunSport understands Arteta yesterday ruled himself out after speaking to his fellow Spaniard, who criticised those who worked above him at St James’ Park.

And Arsenal icon Vieira did the same last week following a similar phone call with the ex-Magpies manager.

We have no doubt that Rafa Benitez would be honest with any young manager when approached for advice on the Newcastle position, or any topic really.

We also feel that Steven Gerrard would be unlikely to take the position as he would almost undoubtedly contact Benitez at some point in the process.

As we found out yesterday in Rafa’s blog, he will not hold back on the Newcastle hierarchy if given the opportunity.

Rafa wrote the following yesterday:

As we all know from experience, in football, just as in everyday life, when people show you respect and affection and do everything they can to make things easier for you, life is much happier, even when you face difficult moments. I must say that I have had more meetings with the Chairman, the President and the General Manager this week, than I had in 3 years at Newcastle. They haven’t just been work meetings, rather signs of respect in which we have been able to appreciate the differences and similarities in our cultures.

We must wonder whether any of these young managers are truly being considered though. There was news yesterday about Giovanni van Bronckhorst being told he was not in consideration due to his inexperience with the Premier League.

Mark Douglas in the Chronicle wrote yesterday:

The message communicated to van Bronckhorst appears to suggest United are looking for someone who will hit the ground running and has a working up-to-date knowledge of the English top flight rather than someone from overseas who will be learning about the Premier League on the job.

Mark’s reporting to us seems to pave the way for a Steve Bruce like figure as the next head coach. Though Roberto Martinez would also fit the profile.

However, the Sun is also reporting that Newcastle have not followed up on their initial approach to Martinez.

Coverdale writes in his article:

Newcastle have also not followed up on last week’s approach to Roberto Martinez, who wants to lead Belgium to glory in next summer’s Euros.

We have to wonder who the next manager will be at this point. It does not look too promising to be honest.

They certainly will be a massive downgrade from Rafa Benitez.

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