Premier League legends duo rejected chance to manage Newcastle

Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta have both ruled themselves out of the race to become Newcastle United’s next manager.

According to The Sun, both have been put off considering becoming the Magpies’ next manager after speaking to Rafa Benitez about his experiences at the club.

It is more than a fortnight since the St James’ Park club announced that the Spanish manager would be leaving the side when his deal expired, and yet, the Toon Army appear to be still awaiting a sign that suggests that an appointment may be edging closer.

Many names have been linked with the vacant post, including Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira, with The Sun claiming that both men were on Newcastle United’s wishlist.

However, The same publication also suggests that the Manchester City assistant coach ruled himself out of the race on Tuesday and Vieira took a similar decision earlier in the month – with the former Magpies boss playing a key role in their reluctance to remain in the running.

The report claims that both men reached out to Rafael Benitez to find out about the job, and what he told them has put the duo off.

Newcastle are struggling to make the kind of appointment that the fans will be satisfied with and Rafa Benitez was an incredibly popular figure, so it was always going to be tough for his replacement and with candidates now ruling themselves out, the club’s next manager may have even more to prove.