According to reports in The Sun, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has rejected an approach from Everton about potentially replacing the under-fire Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park, and Magpies fans have been quick to have their say on the rumour.
The Dutchman’s job with the Toffees is under threat after they won just two of their opening eight Premier League fixtures and took just one point from six available in the Europa League group stages this season, despite a big summer of spending.
However, it doesn’t appear as though they have a chance of getting Benitez to replace him after he turned down the chance to return to Merseyside having already managed Liverpool previously.
The Tyneside outfit have certainly made a positive start to their own top flight campaign and with Mike Ashley looking to sell up, the Spaniard is obviously keen to see what happens with any proposed takeover.
Newcastle supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while some said “he’d be a fool to walk away”, others believe an exit was ‘never going to happen’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Never happened but ok you will get a few clicks #fakenews
— dave benn (@davebenn16) October 18, 2017
— Laurence Taylor (@laurence_1999) October 18, 2017
Be very suprised if he did go there, just out of respect to Liverpool as well mate
— Gavin McMillan (@Gavmcmillan88) October 19, 2017
He's rejected them apparently mate. So chill lol. He'd be a fool to walk away without seeing new owner first.
— Burnsie (@BenArfaChance) October 19, 2017
— Newcastle United (@nufcarmy1892) October 19, 2017
Never gonna happen there's a buzz around the club a positive one for a change Rafa knows he's worshipped here
— GTA-PREDATOR-NUFC (@prowe29195) October 19, 2017
The Sun ‘NO THANKS Rafa Benitez rejects Everton offer to replace Ron Koeman as Toon boss sticks with Newcastle' as if it was ever a question
— Leazeslad (@leazeslad) October 19, 2017
Rafa knows there's a project about to kick off at NUFC. Who are Everton anyway..? 😂
— Stuart Rain (@swrain79) October 19, 2017