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Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss is interested in Newcastle United job

Rafael Benitez’s representatives have told Sky sources that the Spaniard is interested in taking charge at Newcastle United.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss was sacked by Real Madrid in January, and has since been on the look-out for his next managerial position.

It appears as though he has found one worth considering, with Sky Sports reporting that the Magpies have made an approach for him but have received certain demands in return.

Benitez is reportedly keen on bringing his own coaching staff with him and wants the title of ‘manager’ rather than ‘head coach’ if he is to accept the offer.

Although Steve McClaren took training as normal on Tuesday, the former England manager’s future at St James’ Park has been thrown in doubt in recent weeks.

With his side still sitting in the relegation zone and a point adrift of Premier League safety, the club have been considering whether or not a change is required to ensure that there is an upturn in fortunes.

McClaren is expected to prepare the team for next Monday’s clash with Leicester City, but another defeat could prove to be the end of his tenure.

While Benitez would certainly bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with him to Tyneside, it remains to be seen whether or not he can be a success in his third stint in England.

Albeit not always helped by a lack of patience, the Spanish tactician has struggled at roles with Napoli and Madrid, and will be desperate to be successful with his next club for a prolonged period of time.

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