Newcastle make Rafa Benitez No1 choice to replace Steve Bruce as boss… but proving difficult to get him out of Everton

RAFA BENITEZ is Newcastle’s ‘dream’ successor to Steve Bruce.

But the Spaniard will be difficult to prise from Everton.

Rafael Benitez watched his side lose 5-2 to Watford last time out


Rafael Benitez watched his side lose 5-2 to Watford last time outCredit: AFP

Benitez, 61, left St James’ Park in 2019 after becoming fed up of working under Mike Ashley.

He next managed Dalian Professional in China, before returning to the Premier League at Goodison Park in the summer.

His appointment was met with fury by loyal Evertonians, who were against hiring a former Liverpool manager.

But owner Farhad Moshiri ignored the concerns of supporters and hired his man anyway.

According to DiMarzio, who spoke to, it is ‘really difficult’ for Benitez to leave Everton now.

The Toon have spoken to former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca, with chiefs including Amanda Staveley interviewing the Portuguese on Zoom last Wednesday.


But a decision hasn’t yet been made on who will succeed Steve Bruce.

Everton were humiliated on Saturday, collapsing late on to lose 5-2 to Watford at Goodison.

According to the Mirror, sporting director Marcel Brands was ‘dead against’ appointing Benitez in the summer.

But he was overruled by Moshiri and investor Alisher Usmanov.

Benitez’s Everton contract runs until 2024.

Graeme Jones oversaw Newcastle’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

And Bruce’s former No2 is expected to take charge of the Toon’s next match against Chelsea on Saturday before a decision is made.

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Farhad Moshiri was responsible for Benitez's appointment at Goodison


Farhad Moshiri was responsible for Benitez’s appointment at GoodisonCredit: PA:Press Association
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