Reports in Spain are suggesting Newcastle United are in talks with former Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez to replace Steve McLaren on the bench.
Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague broke the news on Thursday that Spanish outlet AS had revealed talks between the Magpies and the 55-year-old on a three-year-contract.
Three year deal for Rafa at Newcastle according to @diarioas. Not the first time he thought about the club. The long term project he wanted
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) 10 maart 2016
Benitez spent six years in charge of Liverpool, winning the 2004-2005 Champions League, and had an interim spell with Chelsea, with whom he won the Europa League during the 2012-2013 season.
He coached Serie A side Napoli for two seasons, before joining Real in the summer of 2015. However, he was sacked as manager of Los Blancos in January after only seven months in charge of the Spanish giants.
Meanwhile, McClaren took over in the summer after leaving Championship side Derby, but has only won six of his 28 top-flight matches in charge. The Magpies are in serious danger of being relegated this season as they find themselves 19th in the Premier League with 10 matches remaining.
Pressure has firmly mounted on McClaren in recent weeks with the club losing five of their last six matches.
Later on Thursday, Sky Sports revealed that Newcastle have fired McLaren:
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) 10 maart 2016