Newcastle United confident of keeping manager Rafa Benitez

Pellegrini has been working in China since leaving City in May 2016

Pellegrini has been working in China since leaving City in May 2016

If Benitez is not backed this summer he may well walk away from the club he has grown to love so much, and Newcastle will be left in limbo.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed this week that the Portuguese coach traveled with his agent on Monday to the Essex mansion of West Ham chairman David Sullivan to discuss the current vacancy at the London Stadium.

Express Sport understands Benitez is open to managing the Hammers if they give him a £100m transfer budget, total control over signings and a £6m-a-year contract. The club and David Moyes went their separate ways this week, and the team will be actively seeking his replacement.

West Ham announced yesterday that Moyes would not be handed a new deal and said they planned to have a new manager in place within 10 days.

However, the former Liverpool and Chelsea manager is growing increasingly exasperated.

Rafa Benitez has done a magnificent job at Newcastle United.

Sullivan said the club were confident of appointing a “high-calibre” manager
Sullivan said the club were confident of appointing a “high-calibre” managerARFA GRIFFITHS GETTY IMAGES

Benitez would demand a similarly high level of work-rate from the Austrian worldwide, if he did make the move from Newcastle.

On who should replace Moyes, Hislop added: "I do [like the idea of Pellegrini], if you can get him".

West Ham United are said to be considering placing Rafael Benitez in charge next season.

Fonseca was believed to be one of the key targets for West Ham and it seems they will have to turn their attention towards other possible candidates to fill the vacant managerial post at the club. Will it be a mid-table or...

"If they don't spend, Newcastle, then obviously to get the maximum out of them players again is very hard, that'll be three years running, with the same basic squad", he added.


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