According to a report in The Sun, Rafael Benitez has turned down the opportunity to move to Everton - and that could suggest that good news is on the horizon regarding Newcastle United’s impending takeover.
Mike Ashley has publicly announced that Newcastle are up for sale recently, which leaves the club’s future uncertain.
Newcastle fans are enthused about the prospect of replacing Ashley, but very little is known of their potential new owner’s plans yet.
However, if Benitez is turning down the chance to manage Everton, then it could suggest that he has heard positive news about Newcastle’s takeover bid.
Benitez’s relationship with Ashley has been strained at times during the Spaniard’s time in charge at St. James’ Park.
Benitez has made no secret of his frustration over a lack of investment, and is known to want to add more quality to his squad at Newcastle.
There has always been a fear that restraints from above would lead to Benitez leaving Newcastle in time, despite his popularity with the fans.
However, the suggestion that Benitez is rejecting a team with the financial power of Everton can only be good news for Newcastle, ahead of what could be a very exciting period of the Tyneside club.