Rafa Benitez favourite to be next Newcastle manager

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The Premier League could be set for the sensational return of Rafael Benitez. The Spaniard is the odds-on favourite to replace Steve Bruce as Newcastle United manager at St James’ Park.

As the proposed sale of the club by Mike Ashley to Saudi-backed PCP Capital Partners edges closer, talk of investment and a new direction intensifies.

Our traders have priced up the most likely names to replace the seemingly exit-bound Steve Bruce, and as things stand it’s Benitez who is 4/5 favourite.

Benitez was a popular figure on Tyneside during his three-year spell in charge of the club before he left to manage Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League. Could a Toon return be on the cards?

Elsewhere, Max Allegri is 3/1 for the job, with Mauricio Pochettino a 4/1 shot and every other name currently being 20/1 or bigger in the betting.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Rafa is all-but set for a shock Newcastle return if the latest odds are anything to go by, following Newcastle’s takeover.”

Ladbrokes Latest Betting

Next Newcastle manager 

4/5 – Rafael Benitez

3/1 – Max Allegri

4/1 – Mauricio Pochettino

20/1 – Steven Gerrard

25/1 – Marcelo Bielsa

25/1 – Chris Wilder

25/1 – Eddie Howe

View the latest football odds.

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.

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Jack Horrocks

Jack is sport mad. If he's not writing about it, he's playing it! Football is his passion, especially the Premier League & Champions League with a keen interest in cricket, golf & athletics.