According to reports in The Mirror, Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is said to be one of West Ham United’s top targets if they decide to sack Slaven Bilic this summer.
The Croatian could be set to leave the London Stadium at the end of the season unless he can turn results around in the Premier League run-in – the Irons have lost their last three matches and are without a win in five – with the club’s hierarchy ready to chase Benitez.
The east London outfit nearly brought the Spaniard in before he chose to join Real Madrid instead, and he has enjoyed a fine campaign at the helm at St James’ Park.
The Magpies are currently top of the Championship standings and look to be on course for an instant return to the top flight after a disappointing relegation last term.
Newcastle fans were quick to have their say on the rumour via social media, and the majority of them have dismissed the link, believing the 56-year-old won’t move to the capital.
Here is just a selection of the responses from supporters on Twitter…
@MirrorFootball step backwards for Rafa, he see's nothing but potential at NUFC, he's fell in love with club, city n fans' this is a no go
— Rob Allbright (@roballbright) March 28, 2017
@MirrorFootball haha fake news by the Mirror again to try & unsettle Rafa which won't work.
— Gretel Armstrong (@GretelSugar) March 28, 2017
@MirrorFootball He'd be better off staying at Newcastle where he's loved and respected.
— rp anderson (@frankenhooker75) March 28, 2017
@MirrorFootball he'd much rather manage a premier league Newcastle than West Ham
— Dan Kentfield (@dank1989) March 29, 2017
@MirrorFootball why would he leave to go to a smaller club ?
— mark vickers (@markvickers10) March 29, 2017
@MirrorFootball Yhok then because Newcastle are really going to let a manager with 2 years left on his contract and has set up signings for the summer leave
— jack clay (@jwclay98) March 28, 2017