Newcastle fans react as Rafa Benitez is linked with the Spain job

It was announced on Tuesday that Spain manager Julen Lopetegui had been appointed as the new Real Madrid boss, and Newcastle United fans have been quick to react to the prospect of Rafa Benitez being in contention to replace him, a rumour reported by the Daily Express on Wednesday morning.

The Daily Express says that the Magpies chief will be “under serious consideration” for the role having previously managed Real and Liverpool, and having been linked with the job before Lopetegui got it in 2016.

The 58-year-old’s future at St James’ Park is still far from certain as he waits to be backed in the transfer market by owner Mike Ashley before committing his future to the Tyneside outfit, with his current deal due to expire next summer.

Newcastle supporters, who have been quick to react to a big development on a striker target with one saying “Charnley is on it lads”, took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one said it “will be peak NUFC if that happens”, another said “I just can’t imagine him as an international manager”.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…