Newcastle are monitoring the situation of Lyon manager Bruno Genesio in case they cannot come to an agreement with Rafa Benitez before the end of the season, according to French outlet L’Equipe.
They report that – just like Benitez – Genesio is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and that has piqued the interest of the Magpies with the Spaniard’s future still far from certain.
The report says that Genesio, who is in charge of his hometown club, is hugely popular after this season’s Champions League exploits and the plan is for him to pen a longer deal.
But after overseeing Lyon’s 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City back in September, Genesio is hot property and Newcastle apparently will try and lure him to England if Benitez does not commit.
Of course, the best case scenario for Newcastle is that Benitez and Mike Ashley can come to an agreement that sees the Spaniard remain in the north east beyond the end of this season.
But if the worst happens and Benitez does depart, Genesio is as good a replacement as could be hoped for. There are similarities between the pair personality-wise – they are both in jobs that clearly mean a lot to them and exceeding expectations – but Lyon also play an exciting brand of football.
Genesio showed his quality by outwitting Guardiola on his own patch – something not many managers in England have managed to do – and Newcastle should monitor the situation with interest.