There is news coming out of Italy that Rafael Benitez will be in discussions about his future with Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, although Rafa has a home in Liverpool and there are a number of clubs that will be looking for a new manager – with Newcastle being one of them.
Rafa Benitez – Napoli manager – wants to return to England?
Rafa signed a two year deal at Napoli two years ago and he has done well in Italy with Napoli now in 6th place, but only 2 points out of 4th place.
Last season they were 3rd top, so there seems no reason why Napoli wouldn’t offer Rafa a new deal, but of course it also depends on what the former Liverpool manager wants to do.
This is what Rafa Benitez has said:
“I’ve read that the President, Aurelio De Laurentiis, may not offer a renewal, and I’ve read that Benitez has already spoken with the team. This is not true.”
“In a few weeks I’ll meet with the President, and we’ll discuss what’s best for Napoli going forward.”
Newcastle have been strongly linked with Benitez, but we’d be very very surprised if Mike Ashley wants the Spaniard at Newcastle, because he’s anything but a yes man.
It’;s also hard to believe he would want to come to Newcastle although West Ham are another club who may be looking to hire a new manager if they don’t give Sam Allardyce a new contract this summer.
Newcastle fans would probably be over the moon if Rafa was a shock appointment at Newcastle in the summer.
That’s because at the moment fans are completely fed up with Newcastle and how the club is run, and we are falling in the league like a lead balloon – and taken just 9 points from the last 36 points in the league.
We hope we are at least safe to be in the Premier League next season.
There’s probably an infinitesimal chance of Rafa coming to Newcastle this summer – but we’ve been wrong before.
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