There were reports out of Italy last week that Rafa Benitez could be interested in the new head coach position at Newcastle, since his two year contract at Naples is up in the summer, and we would think with the new Premier League TV deal being announced last week – with a massive 70% for the PL rights – top players and coaches will be eyeing England as a possible new location.
Rafa Benitez – hi Newcastle fans
The new deal is worth a massive £5.1B up from the current deal of £3B, and it will have some big impacts on the game in England – not all of them good.
The PL clubs will become a lot richer compared to other clubs in Europe, but the transfer fees and wages of players will increase in the PL, but top managers and top players will also be eyeing the big money available in England.
And agents will become even richer.
Rafa has been in management since 1993 and he managed clubs like Tenerife, Valencia, Liverpool, Inter, Chelsea and now Naples, and his two year contract is up in the summer, and he could be available without having to pay a compensation fee, and we know Mike Ashley would like that.
In Rafa’s 910 games he’s managed, he’s won 463 of them and lost only 225 so he has an overall win record of 50.9% and a loss rate of only 24.7% – a fantastic record.
And while at Liverpool for six years from 2004, he managed in 350 total games and won 196 of them for a win average of 56% and of course Liverpool won the Champions League in 2005 when they beat AC Milan 3-2 on penalties, after Milan had missed their first two penalty attempts.
That was the game in which Liverpool made that fantastic comeback – led by captain Steven Gerrard – after they were 3-0 down at the break.
And since that was their fifth European Cup title, Liverpool were awarded the trophy permanently, and they also received the UEFA Badge of Honor and a new trophy was made for the 2005–2006 season.
Certainly we think if Rafa was appointed head coach in the summer that would create a buzz on Tyneside, and he certainly would be a better appointment than Steve McClaren or John Carver, who look to be the safe bets that Mike Ashley may take.
The Billionaire compared yesterday to Howard Hughes of all people, can certainly control those two Englishmen and it’s an open question how Rafa would get on with Lee Charnley and Graham Carr.
Rafa can be feisty when he wants to, and he wouldn’t take kindly to having his top players sold in January transfer windows, and with Newcastle being a long way from Europe that could also be a problem for the 54 year-old Spaniard.
But given the situation at Newcastle we think Rafa would be a very good appointment.
What do you think?
Note – sorry for having the image of Alexandre Lacazette on the article about Andre Ayew yesterday – I must have Lacazette on my mind. Maybe that’s because he has scored a fantastic 25 goals in 29 appearances for Lyon this season which has propelled them to the top of the French League. We have probably missed out on the chance to sign Alexandre – unless Remi Garde is appointed the head coach in the summer – since Remi brought him through to the first team at the French club.