Newcastle United are reportedly considering former Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores as a possible successor to Rafa Benitez, according to a report published by The Telegraph. 

Flores is currently on the market after having recently parted ways with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. This means that the Magpies will not have to pay any compensation should they appoint him.

A host of names have been linked with the Newcastle job, but the task of replacing Benitez at St James’ Park is considerable.

The role is made all the more difficult as owner Mike Ashley is renowned for being stringent in terms of transfer funds.

This is one of the main reasons Benitez left Tyneside and the biggest frustration of the Newcastle fans.

The Magpies could be set to possibly face a difficult season ahead.

In addition to Benitez, Newcastle have also parted ways with Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon. The duo were arguably two of the club’s most prolific players during the past season and will have to be replaced very carefully.

If the Magpies do not make a careful managerial appointment this summer and recruit well, they could be set to potentially face a relegation dog-fight next season.

The 54-year-old Flores managed Watford between 2015-16 and led the club to a mid-table finish, as well as the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

He would not be the worst of appointments for Newcastle but much would depend on the resources made available to him this summer.

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