Newcastle boss asked to do Spain World Cup job

first_img How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? gameday Benitez led the Magpies to 10th last season Newcastle were sounded out about the possibility of loaning manager Rafael Benitez to Spain for the World Cup finals.It is understood the Spanish Football Association contacted the Magpies after sacking manager Julen Lopetegui just two days before his side were due to launch their campaign in Russia following an announcement he was to leave his post after the tournament to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. Enrique is the new Spain boss How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Benitez currently finds himself in limbo as he waits for a significant breakthrough on the transfer front having to date added only Martin Dubravka and Kenedy, who were both on loan at St James’ Park during the second half of last season, to the squad and replaced departed midfielder Mikel Merino with Ki Sung-yueng.He is desperate to add a proven striker to the mix, but has already missed out on Nice marksman Alassane Plea to Borussia Monchengladbach, while West Brom’s Salomon Rondon has so far stayed beyond his grasp with the club seemingly unwilling to activate a £16.5million release clause in his contract.The situation appears to have reached something of an impasse with owner Mike Ashley unwilling to invest heavily in a manager who has just a year remaining on his contract and is yet to agree an extension, while Benitez does not want to commit himself until the club show they share his ambition, and that includes investment in the academy and training ground. who plays? 3 Fans who are never very far from open revolt over Ashley’s methods are starting to fear a season of struggle – the Magpies ended the last campaign in 10th place in the Premier League after mounting a concerted fightback after the turn of the year – if the squad is not improved, and in turn that that could ultimately cost them a manager who has captured their imagination during his time to date on Tyneside.Managing director Lee Charnley is trying to do the deals which will satisfy Benitez as the August 9 transfer deadline fast approaches, but the manager has hinted that his first and second choice targets have already eluded the club as they work their way down his list. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ALTERED However, sources on Tyneside have indicated their interest never went beyond that initial enquiry and it was former skipper Fernando Hierro who eventually took temporary charge.Spain were dumped out of the competition in the last 16 by hosts Russia and have since appointed former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique on a two-year contract.Benitez, 58, has admitted in the past that the national job could appeal one day, although he remains focused on Newcastle during what has been a difficult summer.Asked at the club’s pre-season training camp at Carton House in Ireland if he could have taken charge of his country at the World Cup finals, he told the Chronicle: “There was maybe a chance, but still I am here and I am happy to be here. There was a chance. There were rumours about that.” Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Ashley is reluctant to invest NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? predicted possible xi Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 3 smart causal Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 3 highlights last_img read more

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COMMUNITY ALERT: MURDER SUSPECT IS ARMED AND UNSTABLE

first_imgWanted: McLaughlin is armed and mentally unstableCOMMUNITY ALERT: Dissident republican Kieran McLaughlin, the chief suspect in the murder of Barry McCrory, is armed and mentally unstable and may still be in the Inishowen area of Co Donegal.Gardaí and PSNI officers also believe that McLaughlin may try to enter the Derry City area again to carry out further attacks.They believe he was responsible for the stabbing of a man in the Creggan area of Derry last Tuesday. Mr McCrory was shot dead at his apartment in Shipquay Street on Thursday morning.Anyone who sees McLaughlin should not approach him and dial ‘999’ immediately.A search in the Burnfoot and Muff areas of Inishowen has continued this afternoon after an overnight incident where Gardaí and Irish Army personnel surrounded a house in the Brae Road area, believing McLaughlin was there.Gardaí say the operation in the area remains ‘live’ and searches are ongoing. Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray called on the community in Donegal to remain extremely vigilant. COMMUNITY ALERT: MURDER SUSPECT IS ARMED AND UNSTABLE was last modified: October 12th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Barry McCroryBurnfootInishowenKieran McLaughlinsearcheslast_img read more

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