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Newcastle Line Up New Manager As Plan B – In Case Rafa Leaves

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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9 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 10, 2019 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone know when he made these comments?

  • toon22

    Apr 10, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m sure he will be delighted when MA blows the transfers budget on Debenhams

    Until he sells it’s irrelevant who the manager is

  • toon22

    Apr 10, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Anyone who shows the slightest bit of class is sold
    With the cash vanished as usual

    How many years more of being made a mug of ?

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 10, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #4

    supposedly at the weekend

    “In England, I have the chance to start work in May,” Jesus told CMTV, as reported by A Bola.

  • G

    Apr 10, 2019 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #5

    I would have had him a few years back. I think he’s lost the plot now reading up on him. Wasn’t he linked with the WHU job a while back? Wonder if this quote has been dredged up from that story. For the record, I would rather stick with Rafa, however, if Rafa does walk, I would probably take Jesus before another JFK / Wally type appointment.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 10, 2019 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #6

    He could equally be talking about Brighton, Southampton, palace, Cardiff. Nothing in this I think.

  • G

    Apr 10, 2019 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #7

    Rob, unless he doesn’t know it’s not in England, then we can rule out Cardiff.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 10, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #8

    I think I missed the bus by a long shot last post, quite a long one and relevant to the new thread funnily enough.

  • Geordie-john

    Apr 10, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #9

    You’ve gotta be Fu###ng Joking !!!!
    Ashley are you trying to push Rafa out the door for wanting to make the club better and more successful ?
    You’ve been smoking too much fancy shit


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