Newcastle United fans react as Rafa Benitez edges closer to Everton job

According to talkSPORT’s Jim White, Rafa Benitez is on the brink of becoming Everton manager, and Newcastle United fans reckon it could spell the end of their club’s prospective takeover.

PCP Capital Partners owner Amanda Staveley wants the Spaniard back at St. James’ Park should Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund’s £300 million takeover go through, but that managerial plan has been dealt a major blow.

Given Benitez’s close ties with those in the know concerning the potential change of ownership at Newcastle, his decision to move to Everton could mean that Magpies chairman Mike Ashley is not leaving SJP anytime soon.

A lot of Toons fans think so, with some of them taking to micro-blogging site Twitter to react.

Below is a selection of some of them:

Nothing is set in stone at the moment, with Benitez still officially yet to join Everton and nothing official known on Newcastle’s takeover, so the fans’ reaction can still be dismissed as mere speculations right now.

The Magpies faithful want Ashley gone before next season starts, but his decision to reportedly provide around £50m in transfer funds this summer could hint at a stay.

Benitez’s decision to get a job also does not look good for Newcastle, and fans will be waiting patiently for the outcome of the arbitration hearing against the Premier League.

Ashley is hoping it goes in his favour in a bid to have the takeover approved, and it will be intriguing to see how things go.

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