Sky Sports football expert Guillem Balague has revealed Rafa Benitez is set to take over as Newcastle United’s new manager, having agreed a three-year deal with the Magpies.
The original report comes from Spanish daily AS, who have announced that the deal will be officially confirmed imminently; and once the club announce a parting of ways with current manager Steve McClaren.
The Magpies are currently fighting a relegation battle in the Premier League, and sit second-bottom of the table with ten games remaining.
McClaren was appointed at the start of the campaign but has endured a miserable time on Tyneside, winning only six league games to date despite having overseen spending of over £80m. Pressure has been growing for several weeks as the club’s form continues to falter, but the home defeat to Bournemouth is believed to have been the final straw.
Both David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers have been linked with the job of succeeding McClaren, but reports this week have claimed the Newcastle decision-makers always favoured a move for Benitez – who has managed both Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League previously.