The NINE candidates Mike Ashley is eyeing to replace Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United - according to reports

With Rafa Benitez's future at Newcastle United still up in the air, Mike Ashley has reportedly been eyeing a number of possible replacements.

Wednesday, 24th April 2019, 12:28 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th April 2019, 1:15 pm
Reports suggest Newcastle United are looking at NINE potential new managers

A number of reports from across Europe have linked the Magpies with potential new managers with Benitez's contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign. Scroll down and click through the pages to see the NINE managers reportedly being eyed by Newcastle United as potential Benitez replacements:

The Times suggested earlier this year that Wagner was one name being considered by Newcastle United, after the German parted company with struggling Huddersfield Town.
Another name suggested by the Times was that of Rodgers - although the former Celtic chief has since gone on to join Premier League rivals Leicester City.

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The former German striker is currently out of work having most recently managed the American national team - and was linked with Newcastle earlier this week.
Reports in Italy suggested that the former midfielder was another name under consideration by Newcastle - but the AC Milan manager played down the speculation.
TeamTalk suggested that the Manchester United coach was one name being pursued by Newcastle - but his lack of managerial experience may prove concerning.
Also on the 'shortlist' suggested by TeamTalk was Burnley manager Sean Dyche - who has enjoyed some real success at Turf Moor.
One name reportedly keen on the Newcastle job is that of Rutten - who is currently without a club after a spell at Anderlecht earlier this year.
Perhaps the most frequently mentioned name is that of Genesio, who is expected to leave Lyon come the end of the current campaign. Several French reports have linked him with Newcastle.
Portuguese news outlet Record claimed that Jesus was being considered by Newcastle - having delivered some real success at domestic level in the past.