Newcastle United's prospective new owners are understood to have drawn up a four-man shortlist of potential replacements for Steve Bruce if their takeover goes through.
Amanda Staveley, the Reuben Brothers and Saudi Arabia's
Recruiting either would be seen as a huge coup for Newcastle, but there will be many fans who want to see Benítez back at the club.
The Spaniard built up a huge cult following during his time at St James' Park between 2016 and 2019, but walked away from the club last summer after failing to agree a new contract with the Magpies.
Benítez later confirmed that he wanted to stay at Newcastle but felt he could not do so under Ashley, citing a lack of commitment to a long-term project from the owner as his primary issue.
The Spaniard is now in charge of Chinese Super League side Dalian Pro, but fans have long called for him to come back to Tyneside.
🗣️ "You want to back the players, you want to back the manager...But you almost don't want to back @NUFC because of the man upstairs."@benhainess spoke with @RoobensteinHD about how important the #NewcastleTakeover would be for the fans! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/DwzrlGSdl7— 90min (@90min_Football) April 15, 2020