There are reports coming out and seem to have originated from BBC Newcastle, that Newcastle may have already done a deal with Rafa Benitez, to take over the management at Newcastle in the summer, presumably dependent on Newcastle being a Premier League club in June.
Rafa Benitez – while at Liverpool
But we wonder whether Benitez would fit in with the way the club is run by Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley – with money for transfers being at a premium.
Newcastle is dependent on spotting players for both the Development and First team squads who are almost unknown players, and can be picked up for small transfer fees.
Of course if somebody wanted to spread a rumor about who the manager could be this summer – everybody knows that Rafa will not be at Chelsea once the season ends – and the other good manager available is Roberto Di Mateo – who has also managed Chelsea this season.
There’s no doubt Rafa would be welcomed at Newcastle – given his fantastic record at Valencia and Liverpool, and it’s something to point out that Liverpool fans still love the man, who won the Champions League in 2005 and reached the final in 2007 with Liverpool.
They have gone downhill ever since he left them in 2010.
But we remember Rafa complaining that he didn;t have enough money to spend at Liverpool – and certainly spend some money while he was on Merseyside.
And Rafa’s management style has been called ruthless and he doesn’t cozy up to the players at all – with Liverpool captain Steven Gerrrad being quoted as saying he would have loved o have had a few “well dones” from the manager.
He’s also very hard to please which isn’t a negative at all for a football manager.
We’d be very surprised if he will be the new manager in the summer, and if Alan Pardew can finish the season with a flourish he a fighting chance of keeping his job – although that possibility now looks very slim.
When you manage a side in two of their worst results in Newcastle’s history at St. James’ Park, that’s good enough reason to be given the push.
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