There are reports coming out of Italy that Newcastle want to bring in former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, to be the new head coach at Newcastle United.
Rafa Benitez – former Liverpool manager
The reports suggest that Mike Ashley is keen on bringing Rafa to Tyneside, but unless there is a commitment from the owner to try to become a top four club in England, we just cannot see the ambitious Benitez wanting to join a club with only limited ambitions.
Rafa is also doing well at Napoli and he has the Italian side 3rd top of Serie A at the moment, but his contract at the club runs out this summer, so no compensation would need to be paid – so that will interest Mike Ashley.
We also remember that Rafa wanted to spend lots of money while he was at Liverpool, and that kind of money will not be available at Newcastle, so we we’d be very surprised if these reports have much truth in them – but we’ve been wrong before. 😀
However, given that we could end up with Steve McClaren or John Carver as the new head coach – we’d take Rafa any day – and of course he won the Champions League in 2005 with Liverpool, and he’s had an excellent career in football management.
The 54 year-old has managed nine clubs since taking over the Real Madrid Reserve side in 1993, and they have included Valencia, Liverpool, Inter-Milan and Napoli and he also managed Chelsea from November 2012 though the rest of that season.
While at Liverpool for six seasons from June, 2004, Rafa had a record of 350 games managed, with 196 wins, 75 draws and only 79 defeats for a win average of 56%.
And since taking over Napoli in May, 2013, he has managed 86 games with 49 wins, 21 draws and only 16 defeats, for a win average of 57%.
We cannot see Rafa being interested in the Newcastle job much at all, unless he has more say in who comes into the club and who leaves the club in the transfer market.
But as we said, we’d certainly be happy enough if Rafa Benitez does come to Newcastle in the summer, and he’s been third favourite at 5/1 on Sky Bet for several weeks now.
Rafa would be a better choice than either one of the top two favorites – Steve McClaren (6/4) or John Carver (3/1) – but Mike Ashley would also find it difficult to control the Spaniard, if Mike kept selling our best players, or doesn’t bring good players into the club.
What do you think?
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