Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s agent has confirmed the former Feyenoord head coach would be interested in taking over Newcastle United.

The Premier League side announced on Monday that Rafa Benitez would be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of the week.

Several coaches have been put linked with the position already including Jose Mourinho, David Moyes and Steve Bruce. Another name in running is Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who is without a club after stepping down from Feyenoord at the end of last season.

Speaking to the Evening Chronicle, van Bronckhorst’s agent confirmed his client would be interested in the position should Newcastle United make contact.

Guido Albers said, “I think the rumours have come a little bit early and no-one from the club has spoken to Gio. But I think every coach in the world would be interested in working in the Premier League.

“And what we would say if a club like Newcastle has an opportunity to work for them then of course he would be interested in doing that. It is an amazing club with an amazing fanbase but it’s up to them who they decide to go for.

“Giovanni left Feyenoord, he was competing on a limited budget but won the Eredivisie against two clubs in Ajax and PSV who have greater resources. He had a great relationship with the fans, the players, the media and the city and he’s ready for the next challenge.”

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