Newcastle consider Steven Gerrard & Patrick Vieira as potential Rafa Benitez successors

Newcastle consider Steven Gerrard & Patrick Vieira as potential Rafa Benitez successors

Steven Gerrard manged Rangers last season (Picture: Getty)Newcastle United have added Steven Gerrard and Patrick Vieira to their list of preferred candidates to succeed Rafael Benitez as the club’s manager.
The Spaniard will officially leave the club upon the expiration of his contract at the end of the month having failed to agree a contract extension, amid uncertainty over the club’s ownership and a continued lack of lack of investment in a squad which finished 13th last season.
Vieira coached Nice to a respectable seventh place in Ligue 1 last term and was previously approached for the Newcastle job four years ago but opted to launch his managerial career in the MLS with New York City instead.
The Telegraph claims the former Arsenal skipper has not intention to return to the Premier League at present, but current Manchester City No.2 Mikel Arteta, who came close to succeeding Arsene Wenger in north London last summer, is said to be interested in any potential Newcastle proposal.
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Newcastle are keen to employ a young, dynamic manager and would also reportedly be keen to speak with Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, while Burnley’s Sean Dyche and Steve Bruce, a native Geordie, are considered to be fallback options at the current time.
Gerrard, meanwhile, enjoyed an impressive debut campaign in Scotland with Rangers and has vowed to continue to commit to the SPL side for another season.
Benitez’s sudden departure has been greeted angrily by disgruntled supporters who have threatened to give up their season tickets with a group responsible for a series of protests at the end of last season, ‘Wor Flags’ leading the way.

Rafael Benitez will officially leave Newcastle at the end of the month (Picture: Getty)

‘There are people in the group who are cancelling their tickets until Mike Ashley leaves this football club – so it would be fair to say that [the hiatus] is until Mike Ashley goes,’ a spokesperson told the Telegraph.

‘It’s gone on too long, and we can’t keep pretending that everything’s okay. We know the club like to use the images of the displays that we do but it just seems like we’re going along on a ride that says ‘Everything is okay’, but we just don’t feel we can do that anymore.

‘While Mike Ashley is there we just don’t feel it is right to pretend everything is okay.’
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