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Newcastle United: Rising from Relegation

Started on 25 August 2016 by ICaithness / First Post
Latest Reply on 26 August 2016 by ICaithness / Last Post
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Benitez Resigns Citing 'Personal Reasons'

Rafa Benitez has controversially resigned from his position as manager of Newcastle United, just weeks after agreeing to assist in the fight to return them to the top flight of English football after their relegation last season. Rafa Benitez became the odds-on favourite to become the manager after demolishing Tottenham Hotspur 5 - 1 in the final game of the season, a result that proved of little worth as Newcastle were confirmed in the bottom three at the end of the fixture.

Lee Charnley, the Managing Director of Newcastle United, came out this afternoon and issued the following statement:

"I understand that, for the fans, this is a difficult time. Rafa Benitez is close to our hearts as a manager of this club and, though he was only with us for a short time, he, like so many of our fans, fell in love with the club. We'd like to place on record our thanks for his effort in our relegation battle. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours. At this time, we will be making no comment on his reasons for resignation. I want to reassure the fans that all the work that the manager and his backroom team put into the signings for the upcoming season in the Sky Bet Championship will continue as we look to strengthen the squad and find a manager capable of leading the charge back to the top flight where Newcastle belongs."

Fans have been expressing concern on Twitter following various managerial links after the announcement. The favourite for the job is Remi Garde who left Aston Villa in March after failing to secure their top flight status. Other names rumoured have included Harry Redknapp, Patrick Vieira and former international star, Ian Caithness.

Redknapp Rules Out Relegated Newcastle

Sky Sports News have received exclusive reports that Harry Redknapp has turned down an interview for the vacant managerial post at Newcastle United, citing disagreements with Mike Ashley's ownership of the club and the structure of the board.

Coming live from our studio, we have the latest analysis on the ramifications for Newcastle United and their search to replace fan-favourite Rafael Benitez.

"Redknapp will have been one of a number of names considered by the board of directors at Newcastle. For him to come out and state categorically that he is not interested in the role must be a blow to the club, especially as many fans were of the opinion that they could have done 'better' than the well-traveled manager."

Reaction on Twitter and Facebook has already been coming through on our social media and we've got the best reactions so far:

We'll bring you more on the search for the next Newcastle United manager as we have it.

Vieira and Caithness Interviewed at Newcastle

Former international stars, Patrick Vieira and Ian Caithness, have reportedly been interviewed by the board of directors at Newcastle's training ground in Benton as the search goes on for the next Newcastle United manager.

Sports editor, Lee Ryder, received confirmation from the club that candidates have been interviewed this afternoon but the club would not disclose who the candidates were or when the club was likely to reach a decision. In a quote for the Newcastle Chronicle, Newcastle United stated:

"We are interviewing a range of candidates that we think could be a good fit for this prestigious club. When a decision will be reached, we can't say. It has to be right for both parties. All we can say at this stage is that a decision needs to be forthcoming for the start of the season. We cannot afford to enter into the new season on the wrong footing."

Patrick Vieira: A Profile

International star Patrick Vieira is best known for his performances with Arsenal, making close to 300 appearances for the club and a further 100 appearances for the French national team. Following the completion of his playing career, Patrick Vieira transitioned into becoming a director for Manchester City Football Club before being appointed their reserves manager in 2013. He has recently been appointed the manager for one of Manchester City's sister clubs, NYCFC. Vieira is known for his preference for a quick passing, attacking game and would seem to suit Newcastle United's fans wish for a more attacking team.

Ian Caithness: A Profile

Ian Caithness made his debut in football with Manchester United, racking up 122 appearances before he went on to sign with a team he supported since he was a child, Newcastle United. He went on to make a further 245 appearances for Newcastle United before his career was cut short by a double leg break that he never fully recovered from. Caithness made a total of 90 appearances for England across all of their squads including the U19s and U21s, scoring 25 goals in the process. Following his retirement from professional football, Caithness went into coaching and studied with some of the largest clubs across Europe including Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, PSV, Manchester United and Marseille. He has never managed a first team squad but is considered a promising managerial talent.

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