An insight into Rafael Benitez’s stance on a potential return to Newcastle United has been forthcoming online on Thursday.
Bruce on the brink
The subject of the bench at St. James’ Park has of course taken centre stage in the headlines over the last week.
This comes on the back of the long-speculated takeover of Newcastle finally being pushed over the line last Thursday evening.
After a lengthy dispute over broadcasting rights was settled in the country, the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, backed by a jaw-dropping £320 billion fortune, agreed to purchase long-time Magpies owner Mike Ashley’s majority stake in the club:
🤝 An investment group led by the Public Investment Fund, and also comprising PCP Capital Partners and RB Sports & Media, has completed the acquisition of 100% of Newcastle United Limited and Newcastle United Football Club Limited from St. James Holdings Limited.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 7, 2021
The vast majority of those associated with Newcastle, in turn, have since made their excitement clear regarding the prospect of things to come.
For one high-profile individual on Tyneside, however, news of the changing of hands at the club has marked something of a blow.
The man in question? Steve Bruce.
On the back of widespread speculation that his position was under immediate threat following Ashley’s departure, word was forthcoming last weekend that Bruce is now ‘on the brink’ of being relieved of his spot on the bench at St. James’.
Rumours, as a result, have since begun to fly regarding just who will be chosen by Yasir Al-Rumayyan and co. as the man to replace Bruce, and oversee a potentially prosperous new era in the North East of England.
A whole host of tacticians have been named as candidates, including the likes of Antonio Conte, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
And, as outlined above, on Thursday, an insight into the stance of one of the recently-tipped front-runners has been forthcoming online.
The man in question? Rafael Benitez.
The last couple of days have of course seen speculation rampant that Benitez could seal a return to Tyneside, to be given the opportunity to test his talents with proper backing from the club’s board.
If the latest word spreading across social media is anything to go by, however, then the Spaniard appears altogether uninterested in such a prospect.
As per reports from the likes of The Telegraph and The Athletic, Benitez has no intention of abandoning his project at Goodison Park just months into its infancy, with the new board at Newcastle, ‘reluctantly’, having accepted as much.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) October 14, 2021
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