Date: 24th June 2019 at 8:45pm
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Newcastle United will lose manager Rafa Benitez this week, according to a report in the Times.

The Spaniard’s contract expires on Sunday and the report suggests he will walk away, and, as things stand, there is no chance of him changing his mind. The outlet had earlier reported that the club had offered a one-year extension but Rafa refused to sign it.

The report claimed one of the issues was a non-negotiable transfer fund of around £50 million. It also cited a lack of trust has led to a breakdown in communication and Benitez was now determined to leave after three years in charge at St James’ Park. The Times reports the club will now start a search for his replacement but have so far not given thought to who could replace the 59-year-old.

The club is in the process of a takeover and the final outcome of the deal could change the entire landscape on Tyneside. If the buyout gets completed, the new owners may want to install their own choice as manager. But, if the deal collapses Newcastle would need a new manager. One man that should be considered is Eddie Howe.

The English manager took the Cherries to the top-flight for the first time in their history and has kept them in the Premier League for five consecutive seasons. And in their last campaign, they actually finished on the same amount of points as Newcastle.

Eddie Howe has proved he can work with a relative tight transfer budget, Benitez had been offered £50 million if he signed his offer from Newcastle, while Howe spent £76 million on player acquisitions last season and he has shown he knows where to find bargains.

Last summer Howe signed David Brooks from Sheffield United for £11.5 million and after one good season, Transfermarkt now values the Welshman at £27 million. Brooks provided five assists and scored seven times in 30 league appearances last season for the Cherries.

Howe has also proved he knows the lower leagues and that he is not afraid to take risks with players from the Championship. Within the last year he has signed three players from the English second-tier. Along with Brooks, he has also signed Chris Mepham from Brentford and Lloyd Kelly from Bristol City.

It is difficult to see where Howe does go if he was to leave Bournemouth. It is hard to imagine a top-six team giving him an opportunity, a lot of other clubs would be of similar stature to the Cherries, which in my opinion, leaves Everton, West Ham, and Newcastle as realistic destinations.

Everton and West Ham both have relatively new managers, leaving Newcastle. There is no indication Howe would be wanted by the Newcastle board, but as a manager dealing with similar restrictions and with Premier League experience, he could be the man to keep the Magpies in the division next season.

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10 Replies to “Newcastle could install Premier League manager as new man in charge at St James’ Park – opinion”

  • You say Howe knows how to work to a budget, and yet last season spent £23 million pounds more than Ashley is touting to any prospective new boss. As a young manager Howe will have ambition, but he would be leaving that at the door if he ever decided to work for the lying snake that is Ashley. I think Newcastles only hope for a competitive season is for the takeover to happen, and the new owners re-negotiate with Rafa Benitez.

  • What’s the point in having a manager who can keep the team in same position as previous seasons? Yes it would be a step up for him, who wouldn’t want Newcastle on their CV, but at the end of the day what we really need is a new ownership, someone who will invest and let the manager pick who he wants! We used to be a team competing for European football every year, which everyone seems to forget. If that fat tosser wants to run a football club on a shoestring budget he should of looked at league 2. He’s an embarrassment to football and himself, I feel sorry for the people who work for him outside of football.

  • What on earth makes people think this parasite of an owner wants to sell OUR football club for years he’s led us down the garden path with his lies. The football club is his cash cow why would he sell. This takeover is yet another smoke screen he let’s these people believe they can buy the club only to keep moving the goal posts which make it impossible for the sale to happen .I hope to God I’m wrong because I genuinely fear for OUR football club

  • The only way out of this mess is for fans to boycott every home game and stop buying club merchandise.

    • 100% agree, if Ashley sees any hint of the cash slowing down he will sell up.He only wants the money that the club provides him with.

  • The man has not got a clue only good as a market trader
    The brilliant supporters suffer again I fear for the club

  • Just dont buy season tickets till he goes ffs , we all should stick together to get rid of this parasite
    Boycott sd also ffs stop……

  • Don’t see a problem , reinstall pardew in two seasons we will be playing and losing to the mackems ,then what will we be worth ,less than 70 million just what the fat slug deserves
    Can’t he see his cash cow can soon become a cash sinkhole.
    In the meantime anyone know a hitman

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