West Ham fans want Rafa Benitez after Newcastle talks stall because of Mike Ashley

According to reports in The Telegraph, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez’s talks over extending his contract with the club have stalled over owner Mike Ashley’s plans for the Tyneside outfit, and West Ham United fans have urged their board to act to bring the 58-year-old to St James’ Park.

The Telegraph says the Spaniard is keen to extend his deal with the Magpies, but he isn’t willing to do unless he receives assurances from Ashley about the direction they are going in – something that evidently hasn’t happened as of yet.

Meanwhile, West Ham preserved their Premier League status for at least another year following their 2-0 win against Leicester City on Saturday – coupled with other results going their way – but their boss David Moyes hasn’t been overly popular with the London Stadium faithful on Twitter in recent times.

West Ham supporters were quick to have their say on the latest on Benitez’s situation, and while one said “you need to act now David Gold and Karren Brady”, another said “get him now”.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…