Date: 29th June 2019 at 8:15am
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talkSPORT presenter Georgie Bingham has claimed that Newcastle United could hire an interim manager after parting ways with Rafael Benitez.

The Magpies announced on Monday that the Spaniard will be leaving the club when his contract expires on Sunday, and Bingham believes a surprise appointment could be on the horizon.

“For success or in order to have stability and the best chance of your team prevailing, whether that’s surviving relegation or getting promoted, whatever level you’re at; stability in the summer is quite important,” she told talkSPORT [29/06; 07:24].

“The next Newcastle manager is so open – nobody has a clue. I honestly feel they might get to August and appoint an interim boss at this rate.”

OPINION

This is all a bit left-field from Bingham, isn’t it? It would be strange if Newcastle were to merely hire an interim manager after getting rid of a world class boss in Benitez. That would likely enrage supporters, not that Mike Ashley cares much about that. The more you think about this, though, the more it winds up making sense. Obviously the speculation over a potential Magpies takeover continues to rage on, and perhaps Ashley doesn’t feel like appointing a permanent manager when he knows he may soon be selling the club anyway. Whoever potentially buys Newcastle will have their own opinion on who they want to be in charge, and the freedom to appoint their own man could be very attractive to any prospective buyer. That’s what Bingham is getting at here, and it does make sense in a strange way. However, surely Ashley and Lee Charnley will stick to the orthodox procedure and hire a permanent boss.