Genesio and Rutten eager to fill Benitez's shoes
Fred Rutten and Bruno Genesio have reportedly told Newcastle they would be keen to take over from Rafael Benitez if he were to leave.
The Toon Army are understood to be drawing up a shortlist of candidates to succeed Benitez this summer, with the Spaniard due to fall out of contract at the end of June.
Newcastle are reported to have informed the ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid boss he has until the end of the season to sign his deal, as he continues to hold out for guarantees on an improved transfer budget.
Benitez hasn't ruled out signing an extension but the Magpies are still putting in plans in place in case they cannot retain his services, and are understood to have received plenty of offers to fill his seat in the dugout.
According to Teamtalk, two of the top names to have made their interest known are Genesio, who will leave Lyon at the end of the season after three-and-a-half years in charge, and former PSV Eindhoven, Schalke and Feyenoord manager Rutten.
The duo will likely join the list of potential replacements which is thought to feature Burnley boss Sean Dyche and Manchester United coach Michael Carrick, while former Germany striker Jurgen Klinsmann has also been linked with the position.
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