Revealed: The coaching set-up considered by Newcastle United as they eye Rafa Benitez's replacement

Rafa Benitez’s successor at Newcastle United could be a head coach.

Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 26th June 2019, 2:21 pm
Mike Ashley is considering a change in coaching structure at Newcastle United

The club has started to look for a successor to Benitez, who turned down the offer of a new one-year deal.

Benitez didn’t get the assurances on ambition and autonomy he was looking for from owner Mike Ashley.

The arrival of Benitez in March 2016 spelled the end of the club’s previous structure. Steve McClaren, Benitez’s predecessor, had been a head coach working under chief scout Graham Carr, who oversaw United’s transfer business.

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Benitez assumed control of transfers when he succeeded McClaren following his dismissal.

However, the Echo understands that the club’s hierarchy is undecided as to whether Benitez’s successor will be a head coach – or a manager with responsibility for transfers.