Richard Keys warns Newcastle boss Benitez not to join West Ham

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez gestures from the sideline during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion at St. James Park on December 30, 2017 in...

Pundit says West Ham will be more difficult than Newcastle.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez gestures from the sideline during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion at St. James Park on December 30, 2017 in...

Presenter and pundit Richard Keys has warned Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez not to join West Ham.

The Guardian reported yesterday that West Ham are preparing to approach Newcastle over luring the Spaniard to replace David Moyes.

Benitez is held in high regard by Newcastle fans, but he has not had big financial backing from owner Mike Ashley.

It is understandable that he might be tempted by a job elsewhere, but whether West Ham should be of interest to him is up for debate.

Richard Keys speaks at the UEFA Champions League Final 2011 Design Launch at Wembley Stadium on November 25, 2010 in London, England.

Richard Keys believes Benitez should steer well clear of the Hammers job and says that he would not like being in charge at the London Stadium.

He wrote on his website: "Now comes Rafa’s big test. I’m tired of reading about his threats to leave if he doesn’t get his own way. He won’t get his own way.

"I’ve no idea where Benitez will find a better job - because he certainly wouldn’t enjoy working at West Ham."

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St. James Park on May 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Keys went on to criticise the West Ham board, commenting: "Whilst the penny pinching goes on and the transfer policy stays the same, it doesn’t matter who manages West Ham - the outcome will always be the same - failure."

West Ham parted ways with manager David Moyes earlier this week and are now looking for a replacement after the Scot helped them secure their place in the Premier League next season.

Newcastle may find that the day comes when Benitez is lured away, but as Keys points out, it would be a gamble for him to bank on West Ham giving him the funds to start challenging at the top of the table.

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