It’s looking increasingly clear that Rafa Benitez’ two year contract at Napoli will not be extended, and that the Spanish manager will leave the club in the summer, when his contract runs out.
Rafa Benitez – will leave Napoli in the summer
The news is that Rafa has become increasingly frustrated with life in Italy although he has done well at Napoli and has them 3rd top of the Italian League behind Roma and Juventus
Since he has a family home in Liverpool it seems a fair bet that he would like to return to England and manage again in the Premier League this summer.
Rafa had a successful spell managing Liverpool for six years from 2004, and of course he had Liverpool as the winners of the Champions League in 2005, when they beat AC Milan on penalties.
Newcastle have been linked with Rafa Benitez for some time now, but if there was ever a manager who doesn’t fit the profile of a head coach that Newcastle would want this summer – it is Rafa Benitez.
Rafa is fond of spending big money on players, and he has spent the last eleven years at top clubs who are in Europe every single season.
He would get none of that at Newcastle, who are run on a shoestring by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley.
We are told the aim every season of Newcastle is to be in the top ten (a minimum), but we are sure that is code for “stay in the Premier league and don’t get involved in a relegation scrap.”
That’s really what Mike Ashley seems to want and he has (very) limited ambition for Newcastle United.
We could also add to that policy – spend as little as money as possible in keeping Newcastle as a top ten club in the Premier League.
Rafa has talked to Canal + about his future today:
“I’ll speak about my future before the end of the season.” “I’ll speak about my future before the end of the season”
“For now I want to stay focused on the present, and the games we have coming up. I have a good relationship with the players and the club, there’s still time to discuss this issue.”
“When I leave Napoli, whether that’s in a year or five years, I want to the team to be more mature, especially at European level, with a squad to face every challenge.”
Notice that Rafa doesn’t mention being keen to manage Newcastle United, and he talks about wanting to improve at the European level – he would not even be participating in Europe if he joined Newcastle.
There are some good coaches that could come in as Newcastle’s new head coach over the summer, and they include candidates such as Remi Garde, Frank de Boer and Thomas Tuchel.
But there’s just no way that Newcastle would want to hire Rafa Benitez – even though he ‘s a very good manager and has an excellent record in football.
In fact Managing Director Lee Charnley yesterday seemed to be trying to lay the groundwork that John Carver – the interim coach through the end of the season – was doing well at Newcastle.
But the results simply don’t show that.
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