Rumours about West Ham United is good news for Newcastle United

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez (l) and coach Mikel Antia react during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle...

West Ham United have been linked with taking Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez.

Head coach Carlo Ancelotti of FC Bayern Muenchen attends the Audi Cup 2017 Press Conference at Westin Grand Hotel on July 31, 2017 in Munich, Germany.

According to The Daily Mail, Carlo Ancelotti is a shock contender to replace Slaven Bilic at West Ham United.

The legendary Italian manager was sacked from his role at Bayern Munich this week and rumour has it that West Ham are interested in snapping him up.

The Irons are 18th in the Premier League after winning one of their first six games this season and the pressure is on Bilic ahead of Saturday's clash with Swansea City.

Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle United manager looks on during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John Smith's Stadium on August 20, 2017 in...

The rumour is great news for West Ham fans, because he has won three Champions League titles, but it's also excellent for Newcastle United fans.

According to The Telegraph earlier this month, Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez would "express some interest" in taking the reins in East London if the job was vacant.

Rafael Benitez the manager of Newcastle United looks on during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on July 26, 2017 in...

But their reported interest in Ancelotti means that Magpies supporters shouldn't be hugely concerned about the prospect of the Hammers snatching their manager.

With what happened at St James's Park during the summer - or what didn't happen in fact - Benitez is successptible to being lured away from Newcastle and Mike Ashley, but if West Ham appoint Ancelotti then the Spaniard might well wind up staying in the North-East for a little while longer.

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