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Championship veteran emerges as shock contender for the Newcastle United job

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Rotherham manager Neil Warnock has emerged as a contender for the Newcastle United job, according to the Mirror.

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However, owner Mike Ashley still wants Rafa Benitez, who started the season at Real Madrid, to stay at the club for next season. If he can’t persuade him to not use the escape clause in his contract, then it is believed the 67-year-old tops the list for potential replacements.

Warnock has plenty of experience in England’s second tier, managing the likes of Plymouth Argyle, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace, QPR and Leeds United.

He took over at the New York Stadium in February, with the Millers sat in the bottom three. An amazing run of form which involves just five defeats since the start of that match saw them defy the odds and stay up this season, but it is unknown whether the veteran wants to rebuild the squad for next season.

The Newcastle squad may well need rebuilding too, but it is probably closer to the finished article than what the Millers’ is currently.

The Mirror also reports that the Manchester United duo of Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick could well be in the running should Warnock stay at the Millers.

Giggs wants a bigger role than he currently has at the Red Devils, and Carrick is approaching the end of his playing career, so a move to his home-town club isn’t hard to imagine.

Newcastle fans, what do you think? Would you welcome Warnock to St James’s Park? Are you confident of keeping Benitez?

Rotherham fans, would your survival chances decrease should Warnock leave Yorkshire? Let us know your thoughts below!


18 year old Plymouth fan from Cornwall. Twitter: @ryanevans1906

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