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Report: Newcastle United ready to reappoint ‘ideal candidate’ Rafa Benitez despite £20m clause

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Report: Newcastle United ready to reappoint ‘ideal candidate’ Rafa Benitez despite £20m clause

The former Toon boss is currently working in China for Dalian Yifang.

Newcastle United are reportedly set to offer Rafa Benitez his job back at St James’ Park, according to a report from 90min. 

The Magpies are all set to be taken over by a Saudi-backed consortium in the coming days and that has seen a host of names linked with taking over from Steve Bruce in the manager role on Tyneside.

Whilst it has previously been suggested that Mauricio Pochettino is the main target for the job, 90min believes Benitez is set to get the role. 


It’s suggested the Spaniard is seen as the ‘ideal candidate’ for the role and two men he has worked with before, Owen Brown and Frank McParland, are set to be given director jobs at the club. 

DALIAN, CHINA – AUGUST 19:  (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Benitez left Newcastle last summer after three seasons at the club, heading to China to take up the reins at Dalian Yifang. 

In order for him to return to the club, Benitez would be required to take a pay cut on his massive Chinese Super League deal. As reported by the Daily Mail, Newcastle would have to pay a world record £20 million compensation clause to release Benitez from his deal at Dalian and make the move back to Tyneside.

It would, however, be a largely popular move considering Benitez’s relative popularity among the Newcastle fanbase. It was always felt he left the club due to a lack of support from above, which would seemingly not be a problem were he handed another opportunity at St James’ Park. 

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