Loads of Newcastle fans have been reacting to Friday’s shock news, as reports claim the Magpies could be lining up Bruno Genesio to replace Rafael Benitez this summer.
As of right now, there are no concrete signs of Benitez penning a new contract on Tyneside, and according to according to L’Equipe the Magpies are lining up Genesio in the event the Spaniard leaves.
The L’Équipe report claims that Pini Zahavi, who is Genesio’s agent, has been asked directly by Newcastle about the Frenchman’s availability.
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Chronicle Live have since added to the reports, appearing to suggest that there is something in the links, but they also confirmed that Benitez is still the number one target.
Genesio started his managerial career at Lyon in 2015, and has been in charge of the Ligue 1 outfit ever since.
He has a win percentage of 54 per cent, but what is even more impressive is his ability to develop and nurture young talent, with the likes of Moussa Dembele (22), Bertrand Traore (23), Houssem Aouar (20) and Tanguy Ndombele (22) all flourishing this season.
As wonderful as Benitez is, Genesio is no slouch, and his appointment would be fantastic news for youngsters like Sean Longstaff.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
@NUFCROSSY surely not
— dean (@deanregan86) March 14, 2019
Would make sense to be looking for replacements (plural) IF we can’t get the man we want to stay to do so . plan b c d ??
— the realist (@howay51) March 14, 2019
The sheer idea that NUFC would plan anything proves that this should be in the National Enquirer.
— ⚕ ᑕᕼᖇIS ⚕ (@kicka11) March 14, 2019
Rafa should be main priority us fans love him, ashley should make sure this happenes and he stays give him what he wants
— daniel furnival (@FurnivalDaniel) March 15, 2019
It’d be incredibly stupid if we let Rafa walk in the summer. Ask him what he wants and put plans in place for it. It’s really that simple.
— Koba007 (@Koba0072) March 15, 2019
Rafael Benitez and Brunel Genesio have both managed wins over Manchester City this season.
This isn’t really much to go on. It’s just worth remembering that Rafael Benitez managed his cheaply assembled squad to a win over Manchester City.
— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) March 14, 2019