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Newcastle United to sign Rafa Benitez as their new club manager

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Newcastle United have reportedly made an approach for Rafa Benitez as they consider alternatives to Steve McClaren as the new club manager. The former Valencia coach will join Newcastle United on a three-year deal pending confirmation from the Tyneside club.

Newcastle United will dismiss Steve McClaren before the club’s game with Leicester on Monday, paving the way for Bernitez.

Reports said that Newcastle have already made contacts with Benitez’s representatives about a possible three-year contract with the Spaniards.

The 56-year-old Benitez returns to the Premier League after two spells in England with Liverpool (2004 to 2010) and Chelsea (2012 to 2013). Benitez will return to coaching just three months after leaving Real Madrid, with the aim of guiding Newcastle out of the relegation zone. The club currently sits second from bottom and has just 10 games remaining in hand.

Benitez, who joined Real Madrid’s coaching staff at the age of 28, is the only manager in football history that have won the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. The Madrid-born coach was appointed coach of Spanish side Valencia and has already proved himself to be amongst the top Spanish Managers by winning the Spanish La Liga in the 2001 to 2002 season. In 2004, he added another La Liga league title and a UEFA Cup victory.

Benitez has also guided Liverpool to victory in the UEFA Champions League in 2005. In addition, Benitez was also named UEFA manager of the Year, and also won the FA Cup in 2006 and reached the 2007 Champions League Final.

Newcastle coach Steve McClaren continued to prepare his club for the upcoming face-off with Leicester on Monday despite intensifying speculation about his job.

Newcastle’s 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth put the club to their fifth loss in six matches and left them in 19th place in the Premier League table. That loss has led to an increased speculation that McClaren could be relieved of his duties, with the team second from bottom and just 10 games remaining.

Negotiations have not been easy for both parties as Benitez has demand additional control over certain aspects of his role.

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