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Would Arsene Wenger be a suitable successor to Rafael Benitez at Newcastle?

Posted on May 15th, 2019 | No Comments |

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Newcastle fans absolutely love Rafael Benitez, and there is nothing more they would love than for the former Liverpool manager to commit his future to the Magpies. Benitez’s current contract at St James’ Park runs out in the summer, and despite the Spaniard guiding the team to Premier League safety yet again, the club have yet to agree on new terms with him.

There is a very good chance that Benitez will sign on the dotted line and will continue his work at Newcastle, but latest speculation regarding former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger should put the minds of the St. James’ Park faithful at ease. If Benitez leaves, Wenger would not be a bad replacement at all. Wenger has been without a managerial job since his departure from Arsenal at the end of last season, and the Frenchman has been involved in football punditry throughout the campaign and is very much in touch with the game.

What Wenger did at Arsenal was nothing short of impressive, and even in the latter years, the Frenchman kept the team competitive despite lack of funds. At Newcastle, he would not get truckloads of money. A manager at Newcastle has to be shrewd with the signings he makes, just as Benitez was, and Wenger fits the bill. The former Arsenal boss has connections all over the footballing world, and he will be able to buy players who will not be very experienced and will still do a very good job. Moreover, Wenger remains a global figure and a massive name, and young players or footballers aiming to take the next step in their careers will want to play for him at Newcastle.

Furthermore, unlike Benitez, Wenger’s footballing style is pleasing to the eye and is based on entertaining the fans, so perhaps the Frenchman would actually be an upgrade on the former Chelsea boss. If Wenger does take over Newcastle, it will not be a bad idea to place a bet on the Magpies scoring more goals than they did this season, making use of the number of free bets available on Oddschecker. The Frenchman would be able to get the best of the players such as Miguel Almiron and Ayoze Perez, and that means more goals and more entertainment for the fans.

One factor in favour of Wenger becoming the next Newcastle manager if Benitez steps down is his familiarity with the Premier League in general and Newcastle in particular. True, it is a myth that to be successful in the Premier League, you have to know the division inside out, but it is very hard for any manager to succeed at Newcastle if they do not understand the club. Over the years, many managers have crumbled under the pressure of managing at St. James’ Park, or have simply failed to understand the fans and what they want. It will not be so with Wenger, who is very mild-mannered, calm, composed, educated and has a very good idea of what Newcastle fans desire.

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