Martin Keown attempts to explain the difference between Rafa Benitez and Steve McClaren

The Newcastle United manager job appears set to change hands.

It is looking increasingly likely that Newcastle United will be replacing current boss Steve McClaren with former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez in the coming days.

The Spaniard is being heavily linked with a move to St James Park as the club look to stay in the Premier League.

The current situation at Newcastle is troubling and the behind the scenes workings of the club might not appeal to many managers.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown however believes that Newcastle United is a 'beast' of a club just waiting for someone to take them back up the league table.

Writing in his Daily Mail column he had this to say about Benitez's potential appointment:

"If you’re an ambitious manager and you want to turn a club around, what a fantastic opportunity Newcastle is.

"One day if they ever get close to the top of the table again, whichever manager does it will be walking on water. People say Rafa Benitez has not been in this kind of situation before but he is a good manager. At the moment it feels like Newcastle have not got a manager.

He continued:

"For me he (McClaren) was always a coach that became a manager. But there are people out there who have to be leaders and Benitez is a man who likes to be in control. If he comes in there’s nothing he can do about personnel until the end of the season but I wonder if he has asked for reassurances over his responsibilities, because we all know how that club is managed.

"Individually they (Newcastle's players) don’t understand the game and collectively they’re not together. If Rafa does come in, he’s got his work cut out."

Keown then certainly believes that Newcastle have bags of potential to be a massive club but also suggests Benitez has a tough task on his hands just keeping the club in the top-flight.

The players are currently all over the shop and performances have been feeble in recent weeks.

If Benitez can indeed get his full control of the club, as is rumoured, then he could work wonders at St James Park.

The only problem is, does he have time to do it before they drop out of the Premier League.

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