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Newcastle United could not lure the Premier League boss back despite his takeover

Kevin Phillips has suggested that current Everton boss Rafael Benitez would refuse to return to Newcastle United despite the takeover.

On Wednesday it was reported that the current Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was aware of his fate should the Saudi-led takeover of the club be completed.

The Magpies have got off to a bad start to this season as they have not won seven of their seven league games.

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Bruce is due to be fired from Newcastle next week. In the meantime, Benitez was named Everton’s new head this summer.

So far this season you have recorded four wins, two draws and one loss in the league. The Spaniard was previously responsible for for over three years Newcastle until the end of the 2018/19 season.

Phillips told Football insider that he thinks Benitez is “happy where he is” and that he would reject Newcastle:

“I think he’s happy where he is right now. I know he has an affinity with Newcastle fans but he does an excellent job at Everton. You’ve been fantastic at Man United.

“I can understand why Newcastle might want him to come back. At the end of the day, he’s a top manager.

“But he’s back in Liverpool, an area he loves, and he’s fine. I think he’s happy where he is.

“I don’t think it has many legs. I think he would make it very clear to Newcastle that he would be happy at Everton if this situation were to arise.

Elsewhere, Everton legend Neville Southall praised Benitez:

“It’s been going well so far so that the fans can be reasonably satisfied.

“Some are still a little unsettled with Rafa, but he came in and got results and he’s fine.

“I think people are pleasantly surprised, but still reluctant, to be fair. He hasn’t been on the job that long, so eventually he’ll do us good.

“He changed the attitudes of the players, which I think is immense.

“They are a talented bunch of players, maybe their attitude was not that great at times. But now they all seem to be working together.

“It was a pleasure for me to watch.”

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