Who will be Newcastle United's next manager? Mourinho, Moyes & the leading candidates to replace Benitez

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After failing to agree terms for a new deal, Newcastle United will part company with manager Rafael Benitez when his contract expires at the end of the month.

The St James’ Park side remain one of the best supported in the Premier League, but with questions over investment in the playing staff, attracting a top-bracket manager could prove difficult for the Magpies.

With that in mind, here is a list of candidates who have been tipped as possible successors for the hotseat.

  1. Mikel Arteta
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    Mikel Arteta

    A right-hand man to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, the former Rangers, Barcelona, PSG and Everton midfielder has been linked with a big job of his own for several seasons now.

    Indeed, he was close to replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, another of his former clubs, when the Frenchman stood down in 2018.

    Although this lack of experience as a manager will certainly count against him, Newcastle could offer a terrific springboard for his career if he was to prove a success.

  2. Steve Bruce

    Steve Bruce

    A Northumberland lad, having been born in Corbridge, which lies only 16 miles west of Newcastle, the 58-year-old has a wealth of managerial experience but only recently took up the manager’s post at Sheffield Wednesday.

    Former Sunderland manager Bruce has enjoyed early promise at Hillsborough as he led the Owls to Championship survival last season, losing only three of 18 matches, and he may feel that he still has work to accomplish in the Steel City.

  3. Sean Dyche
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    Sean Dyche

    Burnley fans must twitch every time a Premier League job becomes available for fear of losing manager Sean Dyche.

    Having led the Turf Moor club since 2012, he has stuck with them through relegation to the Championship but is more associated with success at the Clarets, who he has helped attain regular top-flight status.

    His brand of football may be direct, but it has proven to be successful and his ability to work on a tight budget is surely attractive to Newcastle.

  4. Avram Grant

    Avram Grant

    Most noted for his spell in charge of Chelsea in the 2007-08 season, which introduced him to the Premier League, the 64-year-old Israeli has not taken charge of an English club since 2010-11, when he was unable to save West Ham from relegation.

    Indeed, he has not typically stayed in any job for a significant period since that move to Chelsea, although he did spend three years in charge of Ghana.

    Grant Is currently with Indian Super League side NorthEast United as a technical advisor.

  5. Eddie Howe
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    Eddie Howe

    Regarded as one of the top young English managers around, the 41-year-old has been in charge of Bournemouth since 2012, leading them to 14th in the Premier League last season.

    While there can be little doubt that Newcastle are a bigger club than the Cherries, leaving the stability and comfort of Dean Court for the uncertainty of the north east may be too much of an ask.

  6. Anthony Hudson
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    Anthony Hudson

    A surprise name in the frame for the job is former Colorado Rapids head coach Anthony Hudson, who is perhaps better known for leading New Zealand and Bahrain.

    This left-field option appears unlikely due to his chronic lack of success at club level. He won only eight of 46 games in charge of the MLS outfit while his only previous experience in England was with Newport County back in 2011.

  7. Mark Hughes
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    Mark Hughes

    A veteran of the managerial scene, Hughes has been out of work since being sacked after a brief 2018 spell in charge of Southampton.

    He has taken charge of six different clubs in the Premier League and has been linked with Newcastle as his seventh. His worth with Stoke City during a five-year stint in charge helped them become a fixture in the top flight.

    The former Manchester United and Barcelona forward has never won anything since switching to the dugout in 1999 but did lead Fulham to the Europa League in 2011-12 before resigning.

  8. Chris Hughton
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    Chris Hughton

    Surprisingly sacked at the end of the season, despite securing Brighton’s Premier League future once again.

    Hughton’s first managerial job actually came at Newcastle, only for Mike Ashley to jettison him when the club were 12th in the league.

    He then enjoyed some limited success in the Championship with Birmingham before a more difficult spell at Norwich. He did, however, enjoy a strong reputation at Brighton before his exit from the AmEx Stadium.

  9. Roy Keane

    Roy Keane

    Out of work as of Sunday, following his departure from Nottingham Forest where he was assistant to Martin O’Neill.

    Although he has spent time in charge of Sunderland and Ipswich, he has typically been O’Neill's right-hand man throughout his coaching career.

    Reports suggest that he wants to get back into management, however, which could open the door for Newcastle. He enjoyed a decent win record in the north east with Sunderland but was less impressive at Ipswich.

  10. Jose Mourinho
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    Jose Mourinho

    There is no manager with a higher profile currently out of the game than Jose Mourinho, who has not been in work since leaving Manchester United shortly before Christmas.

    With experience at some of the game’s biggest clubs, including Real Madrid and Manchester United, he has proven to be a favourite with the Newcastle fans and appreciates the history of the club, having worked with the late Sir Bobby Robson at Barcelona.

    Speaking in August last year, the Portuguese said: "I like the stadium. I like the atmosphere. They are a good, enthusiastic crowd. I like the Geordies."

  11. Garry Monk
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    Garry Monk

    Out of work after leaving Birmingham City due to a breakdown in his relationship with chief executive Xuandong Ren, Monk has not managed in the Premier League since his first job at Swansea, where he was sacked nearly two years into the job.

    Since then, he has been tasked with leading Leeds and Middlesbrough back to the top flight but failed on both counts and lasted less than a year in both jobs.

    There were more modest expectations at Birmingham last season, where he helped them to 17th, temporarily managing to stabilise the club in the process.

  12. David Moyes
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    David Moyes

    Another former Manchester United boss and perhaps a more realistic target than Mourinho, particularly given the shoestring nature of the budget that the club is liable to work under.

    Moyes enjoyed decent success at Everton over an 11-year period but has been unable to work that magic since departing Goodison Park.

    After a short stint at Old Trafford, he was unable to turn Sunderland’s fortunes around and saw them relegated from the Premier League. He did, however, help save West Ham from relegation in 2017-18.

  13. Claudio Ranieri

    Claudio Ranieri

    After leaving Roma in the summer following their failure to secure Champions League football, the Italian finds himself at a loose end. He carries a strong reputation after winning the league in unlikely circumstances with Leicester, yet since then he proved a flop at both Nantes and Fulham. Nevertheless, his strong squad-building credentials could attract Newcastle.