The Spaniard has left the Magpies after his contract ran out with the club.

Rafael Benitez has left his post as the manager at Newcastle United after joining the Premier League outfit back in 2016. The 59-year-old reached the end of his contract and renewal was not offered to the former Real Madrid manager.

The tactician was an immensely popular figure among the fans and his departure has further sent a feeling of betrayal and disappointment among the fanbase.

Differences between the gaffer and the owner, Mike Ashley, have reportedly led to the separation, with no common ground being established between the two conflicting parties. One of the main reasons being the lack of funds not available to improve the level of the squad.

Left with a vacant position, the immediate task for the Magpies is to find an able replacement for the outgoing manager. Therefore, we have shortlisted the five probable figures that can replace Rafael Benitez at Newcastle United FC.

5. Garry Monk

Garry Monk is out of a job right now after having been sacked from his post at Birmingham City due to differences in vision and ideology with the chief executive, Xuandong Ren. However, he was instrumental in the Blues’ survival in the EFL Championship in 2017-18.

The Englishman has Premier League experience with Swansea City where he was the player-manager and also had a decent spell at Leeds United and Middlesbrough. Bookies have favored the tactician for a return to the top-flight at the helm of Newcastle United.

4. David Moyes

David Moyes established a good reputation at Everton which got him the Manchester United job. However, that was a turning point in his career and since then, he has been struggling to cement a place. Since his departure from Old Trafford, the 56-year-old has had a small run at Real Sociedad in 2014-15, Sunderland in 2016-17 and most recently at West Ham in 2017-18.

The Scottish tactician has had a year away from the action and must have his batteries recharged. He would fit in at Newcastle United and can help them grind their way towards survival or potentially rise up the table, thanks to Moyes’ Premier League experience.

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3. Alan Pardew

The former Crystal Palace manager would have still under contract with Newcastle United after signing an eight-year deal back in 2012 but he joined the London club in 2015.

The Englishman has buckets of Premier League experience and had spent four years in his first spell with the Magpies from 2010 to 2014. He was most recently the manager at West Bromwich Albion, but was dismissed after suffering relegation to the Championship in 2017-18.

Alan Pardew’s appointment depends on the ambition of the club, since it cannot be European qualification evident by the lack of investment in the squad. If Premier League survival is the sole objective, then Alan Pardew fits the bill as the 57-year-old has the experience of being involved in relegation battles and surviving.

2. Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton was sacked as the manager at Brighton & Hove Albion after four and a half years at the job. The gaffer did ensure Premier League survival with two points but the overall results in 2019 led to his dismissal which was frowned upon by the fans due to the excellent job Hughton had done at the club.

The gaffer is a well-respected figure in the managerial fraternity and clubs would be lining up to secure his services. 

The 60-year-old has previously managed Newcastle United, after leading the club to Premier League promotion back in 2008-09. However, he was unceremoniously sacked by Mike Ashley in the following season. A return to his former club is still on the cards though, as the need in change of philosophy and the playing style suggests. 

1. Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri would be without a doubt the most sensible option for Newcastle United at this point. The Italian is out of job right now after his short period with AS Roma came to a close. His time at Fulham was not as impressive as he was sacked midway last season. Neverthless, he is a top-class manager and will definitely bring the positivity back at the club if appointed.

The Italian has tasted title success with Leicester City FC in the Premier League and is one of the probables to take over at St.James’ Park.

Whether the ownership at the club changes hands or not, appointing Claudio Ranieri would be a stroke of genius, because he excels at developing young talents, something that is desperately needed at the cash-strapped Newcastle United.