No Rafa, no problem – Newcastle can reach greater heights by appointing this experienced tactician as replacement

Newcastle United opinion: Should the Magpies appoint Jorge Jesus?

According to a report from Portuguese media outlet Record, Newcastle United have identified ex-Benfica boss Jorge Jesus as a potential successor to Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard’s current deal with the Magpies ends in the summer and there is no guarantee that he’ll choose to extend his stay.

Benitez has been a heroic figure at St James’ Park over the last 3 years, having taken over the club during a difficult period in 2016. The Spaniard failed to save the Toons, after replacing Steve McClaren that season, but his guidance helped the Toons achieve promotion in their first attempt.

Losing Rafa would, without doubt, be a massive blow for Newcastle and the club will need to look for an experienced head, who can continue Rafa Benitez’s good work at Tyneside and there aren’t many better than Jorge Jesus, who has seen it all in the world of football, over the last few decades.

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Jesus is without a club after leaving Saudi side Al Hilal in January despite a stellar record of 16 wins in 20 games. The Portuguese manager is in England, according to the report, and he has revealed that he could be back in management within a month or two.

After an impressive start to management with Amora, Jesus went on to manage the likes of Felgueiras, Estrella de Amadora, Moreirense and Braga; before taking charge of Portuguese giants Benfica in 2009.

Jesus came to the world’s spotlight during his 6-year stay with the Glorioso, where he won 3 league titles and 6 domestic cups in Portugal. The 64-year-old is renowned for his tactical acumen and is a fantastic man-manager, as seen throughout his career.

Jesus’ preferred formation over the years has been a 4-4-2 where he uses a double pivot in central midfield. This will be an ideal formation for the Magpies, with the combination of Hayden and Longstaff working wonders in recent weeks.

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One of the other reasons why Newcastle should appoint the experienced Portuguese is due to his trust in young players. Jesus has helped develop a number of young players during his time as a manager, including stars like Nemanja Matic, David Luiz, William Carvalho, and Ramires.

His appointment will certainly be a blessing to Newcastle’s exciting bunch of youngsters, who can expect opportunities under Jesus. The likes of Miguel Almiron, Sean Longstaff, and Issac Hayden can take their game to another level under the Portuguese boss.

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Conclusion

Losing Rafa Benitez would hurt the Magpies but Jorge Jesus’ reputation precedes itself. His tactical nous should take the Magpies to greater heights.

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Written by Shamanth Jayaram

24-year old Electrical engineer turned football writer, born and brought up in Bangalore.

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