Friday 9 December 2016

Benitez ponders Toon

Published 10/03/2016 | 02:30

Rafael Benitez is seeking a return to Premier League management Photo: Getty Images
Rafael Benitez is seeking a return to Premier League management Photo: Getty Images

Rafael Benitez would be prepared to talk to Newcastle United if their managerial position becomes vacant, though there had been no direct contact from either the club, owner Mike Ashley or his chief adviser Keith Bishop last night and the Spaniard will need assurances about the scale of their commitment if a call comes.

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Benitez does want to return to Premier League management but is acute sensitivity to the plight of Newcastle manager Steve McClaren, who is still in the job despite the intense speculation surrounding his future, means it is unclear precisely how much of a risk to his managerial reputation Benitez considers the Tyneside club to be.

Irish Independent

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