By Coral Barry

Rafael Benitez is set to become the next Newcastle manager, but only if he has full control of transfers at the club.

The Spaniard is the hot favourite to replace current coach, Steve McClaren after a run of relegation threatening results at Newcastle.

The northern club sit second from bottom of the table on 24 points with just ten league games left to play.

After three successive league defeats and just two wins in the last ten matches, the Newcastle hierarchy has finally lost patience with McClaren.

Football Insider revealed that Benitez is Newcastle’s top choice to replace McClaren, but the Newcastle Chronicle are reporting a snag in negotiations.

According to the Chronicle, Benitez wants assurances that he will be the sole person controlling the incoming and outgoing transfers at Newcastle.

That includes deciding the Magpies’ transfer targets and sanctioning deals.

No coach at St James’ Park has had that power during the reign of owner Mike Ashley.

That responsibility is left to managing director Lee Charnley with significant input from chief scout, Graham Carr.

Mike Ashley
His way or the highway: Ashley prefers transfer power in the hands of his managing directors and scouts

The policy of transfer removal from the manager has caused friction with previous coaches including the current head man McClaren.

During the January transfer window, the Chronicle alleged that McClaren pushed privately for more hardened English players with Premier League experience and a movement away from the seemingly never ending imports from France.

The boss got his wish with the signings of Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend, two players who have spent their entire careers in England.

Charnley is leading the recruitment of Benitez but has opted against making any comment while deciding on the club’s future.

In other Newcastle news, Football Insider exclusively revealed that Benitez is on the verge of becoming the next coach at St James’ Park.