With new Newcastle owners potentially on the horizon, there is a lot of speculation that a new manager will follow.
Steve Bruce has spoke openly about the takeover, hoping that he will get a chance to continue in his job if a deal is done to buy the club from Mike Ashley.
However, he and everyone knows that if the potential new owners are as ambitious and as wealthy as reported, they’ll likely want a much bigger name in the dugout.
While there have been multiple managers linked with the job over the last month or so, two names won’t go away: Rafa Benitez and Mauricio Pochettino.
The first is a modern day Newcastle legend who is now plying his trade in China, while the other worked wonders with Tottenham but is now out of a job since he was sacked last November.
And according to the Telegraph, Benitez is keen on an emotional return to St James’ Park. The report also states that he’d like to sign John Stones and Ross Barkley, but more on that another time…
Rafa was adored during his first stint on Tyneside and he certainly has unfinished business. What he achieved under the limitations put upon him was fantastic. He united the city.
But despite all he did, the response to rumours of a possible Rafa reunion has been mixed.
Some Toon fans think the Benitez ship has sailed
I loved Rafa’s time at the Toon. What he stood for, how he seemed to get us. Him being replaced by Bruce was the final nail in the coffin of over 35 years as a season ticket holder. But for me that time is now gone. We need new blood that will unite the fans for our next chapter.
— Gary Bell (@belza2) May 25, 2020
Rafa is yesterdays man who plays yesterdays football. Move on ffs
— DAC (@COMRADE_DAC) May 25, 2020
Be delighted to have Rafa back. He knows the club and knows what needs to be done on and off the pitch. Has a huge contact book and dossier on players all over the world. And he knows how to win trophies like he did 15 years ago today.
— Paul marsh (@PjmMarsh) May 25, 2020
Love Rafa but I’d prefer Poch
— Phil Cummings 🐪🐫🇸🇦 (@TheDawg81) May 25, 2020
I have been waiting to read something like this for so long! Bring him home Mandy! 😬
— James (@PratMobile) May 24, 2020
He understands us, he gets what the club means to us, he has already looked at what we need (The plans for youth development and training facilities) which were rejected by Ashley. Come back Rafa and finish what you started.
— Ian Reay (@ianreay6) May 24, 2020