Newcastle fans have been reacting on Twitter to the reports coming out of the Daily Mirror which suggested that West Ham have made Rafa Benitez their number one target and are now planning an approach for the Spaniard.
The Hammers are currently looking for a new manager after letting David Moyes' contract expire at the London Stadium. The Mirror reports that a four-man shortlist has been drawn up, with Benitez being joined by Marco Silva, Manuel Pellegrini and Paulo Fonseca.
Unsurprisingly, the news has not received a positive reaction amongst the Newcastle fans on social media. The majority of the supporters cannot see why Benitez would even consider heading to West Ham when the Magpies finished higher in the Premier League this year having been a second tier side just last season.
There are a couple of concerned supporters however. Some feel that Benitez's frustration in previous transfer windows may come back to haunt the club if Mike Ashley is not willing to back the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss during this window.
Most appear to be confident that Newcastle have little to worry about in regards to West Ham's interest with this past season showing that the Hammers are not without their own problems either, and some have suggested that Benitez may simply use the Irons' interest to strengthen his hand when it comes to discussing the future with Ashley.
Here is how some of the Newcastle fans reacted to reports linking West Ham with Benitez...
Never gonna happen— Jack (@ffsDubravka) May 16, 2018
Pahahahahahahahaha no— Josh (@joshgoodfelloww) May 16, 2018
Ha ha ha had to check the date in case I’d overslept, nope definitely not April. #fools— Brian Nufc (@Brian_NUFC) May 17, 2018
All this will do is make Rafas position stronger at Nufc to get what he wants in his contract negations. There is no chance he would leave all his hard work to take a step down in west ham . If he was to ever leave it would be to a top champions league team!— Marc Leese (@Marcleese88) May 16, 2018
Haha who r West Ham ?— NUFC NEWS (@newsnufc1) May 16, 2018
Thanks Rafa! Thanks for the Unity for the last couple of years, Championship here we come!— Craig Cushing (@CushdelaCush) May 17, 2018
Benitez owes us no loyalty, we can’t rely on his love for the club & fans to keep him in a job which potentially will go nowhere under Mike Ashley. He’s been lied to consistently, ask yourself would you stay in your job under the same circumstances, I wouldn’t #NUFC— Callum James Diegan (@cal489) May 17, 2018
As a Newcastle Fan I want Benitez to use West Ham to give Ashley an ultimatum. Give a big budget or sell the club... or I’m out! Ashley would have to accept his demands or the fans would revolt and the value of the club would drop, then he’d have no club to sell! #bbcfootball— Andrew (@churchedguy) May 17, 2018
Never gonna happen. Why on earth would he want to go there?— GOODLAUGH (@G00DLAUGH) May 16, 2018