Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has emerged as a leading candidate for the Newcastle United job, should current boss Rafa Benitez leave the club at the end of the season, according to The Times.
As reported by The Chronicle, Benitez is currently in the midst of protracted contract negotiations at St James’ Park, as the Magpies struggle to maintain their top-flight status.
It all means the Spaniard could end up leaving the North East of England this summer and The Times reckon that Brendan Rodgers and former Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner are being lined up as contingency plans.
Although Rodgers appears to have found peace again at Celtic after a tricky summer transfer window, there’s an underlying anxiety amongst supporters that this season could be his last, despite his contract running until 2021.
Having won seven domestic trophies in a row, with the team well on their way to two more this season, fans obviously want him to stay at the club for as long as possible.
It’s inevitable there would be interest from elsewhere given his success in Glasgow and the relative riches on offer from cash rich leagues. However, the manager seems settled and eager to progress players at the club, with no recent signs he is angling for a Celtic Park exit.
I firmly believe he will still be in charge next season, despite current plans at other clubs.