Report: Newcastle could target Neil Warnock if Rafael Benitez leaves this summer

Newcastle United are reportedly keen on Rotherham United boss Neil Warnock.

According to The Mirror, Newcastle United could pursue a move for Rotherham United manager Neil Warnock if Rafael Benitez leaves the club this summer.

The Magpies suffered relegation to the Championship on Wednesday evening as Sunderland beat Everton 3-0, meaning Newcastle enter today's final game of the season against Tottenham with nothing on the line.

Manager Rafael Benitez was brought in back in March as Newcastle moved on from Steve McClaren, and whilst they showed some signs of improvement under the Spaniard, it wasn't enough for Newcastle to stay up - and Benitez could now leave St. James' Park this summer.

The former Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss has a break clause in his contract upon the club's relegation, and whilst Newcastle will be desperately attempting to keep Benitez at the club, they must also look to alternatives in case he does leave.

Now, The Mirror report that even though owner Mike Ashley is pulling out all the stops to secure Benitez long-term, he and his fellow Newcastle executives are considering a move for Neil Warnock this summer.

The 67-year-old is currently in charge of Rotherham United, where he lost just four times in 16 games to save the Millers from relegation - but his contract expires this summer, and he could choose to leave if he receives a big enough offer.

The chance to move to St. James' Park would surely be too good to turn down for Warnock, who has twice won promotion to the Premier League with Sheffield United and Crystal Palace; achievements which Newcastle will value as they bid to return to the top flight next season.

It's also claimed that Blackburn and Cardiff are interested in Warnock, meaning Newcastle may have to move quickly if they do want to land the veteran manager.

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