Leicester City seem to be stumbling towards the end of the season, and there is said to be unrest in the dressing room associated with Frenchman Claude Puel management style.
Puel lasted only one year with Southampton before he was let go although the Saints are now struggling to survive in the Premier League.
Their 2-1 home win over Bournemouth yesterday makes them only one point from safety (and Swansea) with 3 games to play.
The Star are reporting today that Leicester City want Rafa Benitez this summer.
Rafa Benitez – will hopefully sign a new deal to stay at Newcastle
And West Ham are also not safe yet on 35 points, and current manager David Moyes may not be retained when his short-term contract runs out this summer.
West Brom have picked up 8 points in their last four games and Southampton also won yesterday – beating Bournemouth 2-1 at home.
West Ham Chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan have long been big fans of Rafa Benitez and almost signed him in June of 2015 before he got the Real Madrid job.
It’s a good bet they will be inquiring about his availability at Newcastle this summer.
It is, therefore, a crucial few weeks to get Rafa signed up to a new contract on Tyneside with his current three-year deal running out in June of next year.
Managing Director Lee Charnley is leading those negotiations with Rafa’s representatives, and the manager has already held a positive one-on-one discussion with current owner Mike Ashley.
It’s not surprising top clubs are after Rafa Benitez – he seems to get inquiries about his services quite regularly.
That’s because he’s so good at what he does.