Rafa Benitez’s intention of seeing out his Everton contract will reportedly rule him out of becoming Newcastle United’s next manager.
Benitez helped Newcastle get promoted back in 2017, after which he also helped attract financier Amanda Staveley to the prospect of buying the club.
The Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund-led takeover was finally completed last week after an 18 month-struggle to pass the Premier League’s Owners and Directors Test.
But Benitez has since gone on to manage Everton from the start of this season and is unlikely to give up his current role despite the allure of a return to St James’, according to The Telegraph.
The 61-year-old Champions League winner is idolised by Newcastle supporters and the temptation to re-join his old side, who he only left due to a lack of financial backing, will no doubt be there.
Newcastle’s new owners are expected to invest heavily into making the Magpies a top side and the proposition of being part of a project that size is arguably every manager’s dream.
But the Telegraph report the Spaniard will not break his contract at Everton, despite his unpopularity with the Goodison faithful.
It is believed that Benitez would “almost certainly” have returned had the takeover happened as originally planned last year.
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The decision comes due to the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager's reported dislike of breaking contracts.
And Newcastle still need to make a decision on Steve Bruce’s future with the club in the midst of a relegation battle, having not won a league game this season.
Names on the club’s shortlist include Antonio Conte, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Eddie Howe, who is currently out-of-work.
Meanwhile, Benitez’s Everton have been impressive this season and sit fifth in the table, level on points with third-placed Manchester City.
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