Report: Benitez dealt a huge blow, as Fabio Pecchia will leave Newcastle imminently

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and first team coach Fabio Pecchia

Fabio Pecchia is reportedly set to leave Newcastle United this week.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez, coach Fabio Pecchia and Liverpool manager Juergen KloppNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez and Fabio Pecchia

According to Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, Rafael Benitez's assistant Fabio Pecchia will leave Newcastle to take charge of Hellas Verona.

Pecchia, now 42, had a long playing career in his native Italy as a midfielder, turning out for the likes of Napoli, Juventus, Sampdoria, Torino and Bologna - but in recent years, he's become known as Benitez's right-hand man.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and first team coach Fabio PecchiaNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Fabio Pecchia

The duo started working together at Napoli back in 2013, and Pecchia then followed Benitez to Spain last summer, as the current Newcastle boss became Real Madrid manager.

A third spell together started earlier this year when Pecchia arrived as Benitez's assistant at Newcastle, but their time together appears to be coming to an end.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and first team coach Fabio PecchiaNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Fabio Pecchia

Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Pecchia is poised to leave Tyneside, as he will become the new manager of Hellas Verona back in Italy.

Verona finished bottom of Serie A this past season and have subsequently been relegated to Serie B, with Luigi Del Neri losing his job - and Pecchia is the man called upon to guide Verona back to Serie A.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez and coach Fabio PecchiaNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez and coach Fabio Pecchia

That move, which will allegedly be announced at some point this week, will mean that Newcastle boss Benitez will have to find a new assistant ahead of the Championship season.

Bringing in somebody with experience in the Championship would be a huge boost to Benitez, who despite his superb career as a manager, will have to learn quickly about life in the second tier.

Who would you like to see become Newcastle assistant?

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