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Newcastle urged to snub Pochettino in favour of Benitez return

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Newcastle have been urged to ignore Mauricio Pochettino and appoint Rafael Benitez as manager instead as per former striker Michael Chopra.

Newcastle will be better off picking Benitez over Pochettino as manager should their takeover get completed.

The St James’ Park club have been the subject of takeover speculation this summer, with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman closing in on taking a controlling stake in the club.

Should that get over the line, there are plans for a massive overhaul at Newcastle, with a list of high profile players already being linked to the club. The managerial position is not left out as well.

Steve Bruce could be expected to make way at some point and the likes of Pochettino and Benitez have been linked with the post should it become available.

Rather than opt for the ex-Tottenham coach, former Magpies forward Michael Chopra thinks Benitez is a better candidate as he boasts a record of winning and also happens to have coached Newcastle before.

“I would go for Benitez over Pochettino,” Chopra said on the manager of Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro to the Daily Star.

“Pochettino built up Tottenham from pretty much nothing, got them to the Champions League final and on the verge of winning the Premier League.

“But the only thing going against him is he didn’t win anything – which puts me off a bit.

“With Benitez, he’s got unfinished business. He did well at the club and had a great relationship with the fans. He just wanted a bit more money to try and push them into the top 10.

“Benitez has already got plans for the football club and at almost every team he’s been at he’s won trophies.”

There are still some attractive reasons to consider Pochettino at the helm of affairs regardless.