Newcastle have approached the representatives of Rafael Benitez and David Moyes with regards to taking over Steve McClaren, according to reports.
The beleaguered McClaren remains in the managerial post at St James’ Park, despite widespread reports on Monday claiming that the club would sack him.
It was reported on Sunday that former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes had been approached by the club to take over for the final ten games, while Daniel Storey believes Moyes is the answer.
But the Daily Mirror – Newcastle’s official media partner – were among numerous outlets to report that representatives of former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez had been approached.
Simon Bird reports that Benitez is keen on a return to the Premier League, but that he will need ‘convincing about the powers he would have’ in terms of his role as a manager.
Benitez, sacked by Real in January, ‘will demand guarantees’ and is also keen to have ‘influence behind the scenes’. Bird adds that former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson and everyone’s best friend Harry Redknapp will not be taking the role.
‘It is understood behind the scenes work is progressing slowly on making a change,’ Bird writes. Quite. The club want to be sure they’re making the right appointment apparently, which is something they failed to do in the summer.
The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope, one of the more vocal critics of McClaren’s reign, has a different angle, claiming that Benitez ‘is very interested’ in taking the job. Sky Sports add that Newcastle aren’t even sure whether they want to sack McClaren, which is mental.
The Guardian throw in their two cents, claiming that Newcastle are ‘interested in hearing what Brendan Rodgers has to say’, which is something no-one has ever said. Louise Taylor adds that Benitez is the club’s ‘preferred choice’.