Benitez has since made the switch to China. He sent this message to Newcastle fans when he left.
To Newcastle United fans https://t.co/5gu4eopVjf #NUFC #Newcastle #Toons #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/vLnmVSBGs2
— Rafa Benitez Web (@rafabenitezweb) July 1, 2019
With Benitez having left the club around two weeks ago, the Magpies have yet to name their new boss.
A host of names have been linked with the job including Sam Allardyce who confirmed he turned down the job.
Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira are also names to be linked with the vacant Newcastle job.
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Newcastle United at Amex Stadium on September 24, 2017 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
With the Premier League season fast approaching, Newcastle really need to make a decision on their new boss.
Well, according to the Telegraph, Newcastle have done exactly that.
The report from the Telegraph on Thursday claims that baring any last minute problems, Steve Bruce will be named as the new Newcastle boss.
The North East outfit are hopeful of having Bruce named as boss by this weekend.
Bruce has previously spoken out about the links and he appeared to know nothing about them:
“It’s news to me. God only knows what happened on Tuesday afternoon. There seemed to be an upsurge [in the betting] from somewhere.
“John Terry was favourite yesterday. It was Mikel Arteta the day before, so who knows? As far as I am concerned, I am here, I am going home tomorrow and looking forward to walking the dog.” As quoted by the Mirror.
Related: Newcastle fee to sign Sheffield Wednesday’s Steve Bruce revealed & Sam Allardyce confirms he rejected job
Benitez’s departure has made Man United-linked Longstaff consider his Newcastle future – Mirror
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