Ex-Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez set for Newcastle appointment
Former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is on the verge of being appointed as Newcastle United manager, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.
The report claims Benitez is about to replace under-fire manager Steve McClaren and tasked with steering the struggling Magpies away from relegation.
McClaren is expected to hold a meeting with the club’s managing director Lee Charnley later today.
Benitez, aged 55, was sacked by Madrid in January. He previously managed in the Premier League during his stint at Anfield between 2004 and 2010 and during a brief interim spell as Chelsea boss between November 2012 and May 2013.
He won the FA Cup and Champions League during his time at Liverpool and the Europa League while at Chelsea.
His managerial career has also included a successful spell in charge of Valencia, plus stints in charge of Inter Milan and Napoli.
Newcastle are currently second-bottom of the Premier League table, one point behind local rivals Sunderland who are in 17th position, with nine games left this season.