New development at West Ham managerial situation could have implications for Newcastle

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Roberto Mancini is the "front-runner" to replace under-pressure Slaven Bilic at West Ham United, according to a report.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is the favourite with one bookmaker to succeed Bilic at the Premier League club.

Benitez is unhappy at the summer transfer business at St James's Park.

However, Benitez will not resign, and United owner Mike Ashley will not sack the 57-year-old.

And the only way Benitez could conceivably leave Newcastle this season would be if another club paid his multi-million pound release clause – and he agreed to the move.

Bilic's predicament has led to speculation that West Ham could move for Benitez, who came close to taking over at the club two years ago before joining Real Madrid.

However, the Evening Standard today claim that Mancini is being lined up for the role should Bilic – who was presided over three league defeats this season – be dismissed.

West Ham have never previously paid compensation for a manager.

Mancini is manager of Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Meanwhile, Benitez is preparing his Newcastle team for Sunday's game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.