Newcastle may turn to Tim Sherwood.

Candidates for the Newcastle United job should Rafael Benitez leave

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After Newcastle United were relegated to the second tier of English football earlier this week, Rafa Benitez's future has been questioned.

Given Benitez's managerial reputation, it would come as a big surprise should he choose to stay with the Magpies and manage in the Championship, especially with seemingly bigger jobs available this summer.

But who will Newcastle turn to in order to steer them back to the Premier League? Here's five we think the north East giants may turn to.


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Gary Monk

Young and eager. Garry Monk could possibly tick all the boxes for the Newcastle hierarchy.

After been harshly sacked from Swansea City last year, Monk has been linked with a host of jobs, including the Aston Villa post.

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However, Monk should be one of Newcastle's main targets should Benitez leave.

Monk was well liked during his time at the Liberty Stadium, both as a player and as a manager.

David Moyes

After a disastrous few years for the Scotsman, Moyes will be keen to rebuild his career, and the Newcastle job may just be one he would be eager to get his teeth into.

After been linked with the Magpies in the summer, Moyes chose to stay in Spain with Real Sociedad, however, following his dismissal from the La Liga side, now may be the right time for the former Everton man.

Moyes would assumably want full control over transfers, which could be a stumbling block in negotiations, with Mike Ashley and the Newcastle board usually against given the manager full responsibility.

Chris Hughton

Brighton and Hove Albion v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship

Hughton is no stranger to the club. He took a very weak Newcastle side, with a lot of big ego's, and returned them to the Premier League at his first attempt.

In his first season, Hughton recorded a 5-1 win over Sunderland, putting the former Spurs coach firmly into the Geordie's hearts.

Hughton is currently attempting to promote Brighton & Hove Albion from the Championship playoffs after just missing out on automatic promotion.

Should Hughton fail to promote Brighton, Newcastle could sweep in for their former manager.

Tim Sherwood

Aston Villa v Swansea City - Premier League

Sherwood would be loved on Tyneside purely because of the passion he shows, that's all Newcastle fans ask for.

Could Sherwood get them promoted? He possibly could, yes.

During his spell at Tottenham, he looked tactically astute, and at Villa, he showed glimpses.

Sherwood would take the Newcastle job without question, the question is, would the board hire someone who performed so poorly as Villa boss this season?

Nigel Pearson

Leicester City v Queens Park Rangers - Premier League

Another manager who has worked on Tyneside before, all be it as an assistant manager.

Pearson knows the club and the Championship inside out, so this one would be a no brainier.

Pearson got Leicester promoted and then guided them to safety in the Premier League the following season. His no nonsense attitude would be welcomed with open arms from the Newcastle fans, as a strong manager is something they have lacked in recent years.

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