Next Newcastle United manager: Contenders to replace Steve Bruce as Rafael Benitez rules himself out

Next Newcastle United manager: Contenders to replace Steve Bruce as Rafael Benitez rules himself out

Rafa Benitez does not want to walk out on Everton to return as Newcastle United manager even though he was the new owners' ideal candidate for the role. Benitez was heavily involved in first attracting financier Amanda Staveley to the idea of buying the club back in 2017 in their first season back in the Premier League after he had led them to promotion from the Championship. It is an interest she refused to give up on, despite a series of setbacks and criticism of her, spending the next four years trying to get a deal done, with a takeover, led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, finally going through last week. That was the culmination of an 18-month struggle to get it through the Premier League’s Owners and Directors …
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