The Record in Portugal reported over the weekend that Newcastle may be lining up former Benfica manager Jorge Jesus as a potential replacement for Rafa Benitez.
That’s in case Mike Ashley refuses to meet Rafa’s demands this summer and Rafa does not renew his contract to stay on Tyneside.
Jesus is Portuguese and has been a manager since way back in 1990.
Jorge was Benfica’s manager for six years from 2009 and then was Sporting Lisbon’s manager for three years after that.
But he has never managed in the really top leagues in Europe and may fancy his chances of managing a club in the Premier League.
Jesus is a good tactician like Rafa and he won 10 trophies while with Benfica.
64 year-old former Benfica manager Jorge Jesus
The 64-year-old experienced manager last managed Al-Hilal FC – a Saudi Arabian club based in Riyadh.
They play in the Saudi Professional League and Jorge won 80% of his games while there for one season.
Jesus latest comments have brought some attention to the manager – this is what he is reported as saying in the Portuguese press (A Bola)
“In England, I have the chance to start work in May,”
“I’m not going to say which team but they’re in a difficult position in the Premier League and will possibly go down.”
So while Newcastle are not big favorites to be relegated, we suppose his comments could match Newcastle as the club he may manage next month.
But there will be all hell to pay if Mike Ashley allowed Rafa Benitez to leave Newcastle this summer.
We’ll know soon enough.
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