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THIS Backroom Staff Could Follow Benitez to Newcastle

In Rafael Benitez, Newcastle will be able to count on a veteran of European football who has coached some of the top names and clubs in the game and amassed an impressive trophy haul over the years, including a clean sweep of the UEFA Cup (prior to its reformation as the Europa League), the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup- an unprecedented accomplishment. 

As the 55-year-old edges ever closer to his first managerial undertaking since his ignominious expulsion from the Real Madrid hot seat in January, we now look at the candidates who may play a part in the Spaniard’s proposed staff overhaul at St. James’ Park.

Francisco de Miguel Moreno

Role: Fitness coach

The Spaniard is a long-time associate, with the pair having worked together through each of Benitez’s tenures at Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid, where he remains despite being a supporter of their cross-town rivals. However, whether he will be swayed to give up the glamour of his current job in favour of reuniting with Benitez at Newcastle is another question. If he does, he will replace current fitness and conditioning coach Alessandro Schoenmaker, who is likely to follow Maclaren through the exit door.

Xavi Valero     

Role: Goalkeeping coach/Opposition analyst

Valero is a former goalkeeper who featured four times for Wrexham in 2005 during his playing career and following his retirement, has shadowed Benitez at Liverpool, Inter Milan, Napoli and Real Madrid. The 43-year-old, who is famed for his meticulous practices and credited by Fernando Torres for his goalscoring exploits at Liverpool, has been cut loose following Zidane’s appointment at Real. His expertise would certainly come in handy for Benitez in his attempt to galvanise Newcastle.

Pedro Campos

Role: Scout

Newcastle’s chief scout Graham Carr is widely believed to be one of the casualties upon Benitez’s formal appointment at the helm and may be replaced by Campos, who has previously worked with Benitez at Liverpool and Real Madrid, where he remains. Campos, who was a one-club man loyal to Cordoba throughout his playing career, was in charge of scouting Fernando Torres at Atletico Madrid prior to his move to Anfield.

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About Harry Savill (Editor) (418 Articles)
I am the Editor of 'The Spectator's View'. I set up the website so that I could combine my two passions: Newcastle United and writing, and I hope for it to be a platform where fans can express their views on the club. History Graduate from Durham University. Junior Account Executive at M&C Saatchi.

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