Newcastle United and manager Rafa Benitez will part ways at the end of the month upon the expiration of the Spaniard’s three-year contract.
Both parties couldn’t agree on terms for a new deal despite talks lasting over 18 months, and the club now has to bring in a new manager as soon as possible.
Pre-season preparations kick-off early next month, while the summer transfer window closes in August once the new campaign starts.
Newcastle need to have someone in permanent charge as soon as possible, and BBC Sports News Correspondent David Ornstein has hinted that Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta could be the man to succeed Benitez at Saint James’ Park.
The news many Newcastle fans were dreading – Rafael Benitez to leave after 3 years as manager. Anger towards owner Mike Ashley + uncertainty around team & takeover saga only set to increase. Mikel Arteta early favourite with most bookmakers but understand no contact as yet #NUFC pic.twitter.com/ikQM3omu17
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) June 24, 2019
The 37-year-old has been touted to go into management soon, but it remains to be seen if Newcastle are indeed keen.