Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has become a firm fan favourite at St James Park.

TalkSport pundit Tony Cascarino has claimed that Newcastle fans won’t be happy that their potential new owners will want to sack Rafa Benitez as manager if they take charge of the club. 

The Mirror have claimed that if Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nahyan pushes on with his takeover of Newcastle then he will push for Arsene Wenger or Jose Mourinho as the club’s new manager. 

That would mean having to part ways with Benitez, who has worked wonders at St James’ Park during his three-year period with the North East outfit.

Speaking to Weekend Sports Breakfast on TalkSport (02/06/2019 at 8:20 am), former Republic of Ireland international Cascarino reacted to reports that Benitez could be facing the chop. 

“That’ll be a surprise to Newcastle fans,” Cascarino told TalkSport. “Okay, [they’ll be thinking] our club has been bought and we can move on and that means having more investment in the team. 

“I am not convinced they would be happy if they had life at Newcastle without Rafa.”

The relationship between Benitez and the Newcastle fans has always been strong. He was the key reason behind them making an instant return to the Premier League when they were relegated in 2016.

Since then, he has maintained their status in England’s top-flight and even guided them to a top 10 finish last season despite working on a limited budget.

During this campaign, the survived comfortably and ended the season on a high, with a number of standout performances from the team, including beating champions Manchester City. 

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