By Pranav Shahaney

8th Oct, 2021 | 10:00am

Rafa Benitez is not an option for Newcastle post takeover

Rafa Benitez is not likely to leave Everton to join Newcastle after their takeover went through, according to The Athletic.

In their piece, Chris Waugh and George Caulkin claim that the Toons are almost certain to replace Steve Bruce at the helm and Benitez has been linked with a move to St. James’ Park.

However, he is not likely to consider it as he does not prefer breaking contracts when at another club.

The piece reads, “When Staveley initially tried to buy the club nearly four years ago, her offers were dependent on Rafa Benitez, the then-manager, remaining in his post.

“Over the past 18 months, the consortium had hoped that timelines may converge to allow Benitez to return to Newcastle after a spell working in China but, with the Spaniard having been named manager of fellow Premier League side Everton this summer, he is no longer an option. Benitez is not in the habit of breaking contracts.”


There’s always a lure for managers to go to clubs where things have suddenly taken a turn for the better.

Benitez endured one of the worst financial reigns at the club but continued with his job no questions asked and was adored by the fans and the club hierarchy.

Should he ever return to St. James’ Park, he will certainly be welcomed there with open arms.

Thus, when the takeover took place, he was one of the first names to be linked with the job and the Toffees fans had every reason to be worried about.

They have experienced Carlo Ancelotti leave all of a sudden for a more lucrative offer and should Benitez leave, he will also be compensated with a massive pay hike at Newcastle.

But it seems that the Everton fans have nothing to worry about now as Benitez is here to stay and can hopefully keep the good times rolling at the club.

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