Benitez on the list of candidates to take over at Roma (Il Messaggero)

Newcastle’s Rafael Benitez and Atalanta Coach Gian Piero Gasperini are reportedly on the list of candidates to take over at Roma.

Claudio Ranieri won’t be staying around after the end of the season, and the Giallorossi had been heavily linked with Antonio Conte, but the former Juventus tactician recently ruled himself out of joining the capital club.

According to newspaper Il Messaggero, Gasperini is seen as their Plan B after receiving the knockback from Conte, while President James Pallotta also likes Benitez, who could be leaving St. James’ Park this month.

Benitez is no stranger to Serie A, having worked at Inter and more successfully with Napoli.

La Repubblica also reports that rumoured future sporting director Gianluca Petrachi spoke with Gasp, but the Atalanta Coach might be reluctant to move if his side qualifies for next season’s Champions League.

Meanwhile, Sampdoria tactician Marco Giampaolo is further down the list of names to take over the hot-seat at the Olimpico.

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