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Newcastle fans surely in bits over latest Benitez report

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Newcastle supporters have every right to be concerned about the future of manager Rafael Benitez, and their exasperation will only have increased on Saturday.

That’s because the Daily Mirror reported that French heavyweights and are interested in offering the Spaniard a escape route.

That’s a major blow to Newcastle’s chances of keeping Benitez. Yes, he wants to stay at the club, that’s long since been established, but if he’s not getting the reassurances he needs from the higher ups then both these sides offer intriguing alternatives to the Newcastle experience.

are, of course, a globally recognised powerhouse who continually gobble up trophies domestically. would be fulfilling his desire to compete for major honours, while being presented with the opportunity to be the man who finally gets over the hump in the Champions League.

Marsille, while clearly not being as attractive a proposition as the French champions, are a huge club in their own right with some excellent players. That would be a decent post for as well.

So it would be no surprise if faithful were hiding behind their sofas after reading the Mirror’s report. All it does is add to the uncertainty over the manager’s future and suggest that he may well see his future lying away from St James’ Park.

Ultimately, it seems that the former boss would definitely remain at Newcastle if the club matched his ambition. However, he will now know that he has options available to him if he decides to leave, and very good ones at that.

The Mirror’s report represents a real blow to the club’s chances of keeping their world class manager, something which would be a dagger to the hearts of the Magpies’ supporters.

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