We had thought that some clubs would try to line up Rafa Benitez as their new manager this summer, if there was no signs of life from Newcastle in the final games of this season.
That’s already happening but Rafa is being linked with the Spain National manager job when current manager Vicente del Bosque retires after the European Championships this summer.
Rafa is a friend of the Spanish manager from the time they spent together at Real Madrid in the 1990s, and del Bosque has named three managers who could take over from him in the summer – and there’s no shortage of good candidates.
Vicente del Bosque – retires after Euro 2016
This is what Del Bosque has said:
“There are many good Spanish managers – Benitez, Roberto Martinez, Julen Lopetegui.” “Finding a new manager is very easy.”
It seems that staying in the Premier league was the one chance we have of keeping Rafa at the club, but that’s now looking very dubious since it looks like our players are just too mentally fragile and don’t have enough guts for this relegation fight.
But The Sun today are reporting that whether or not Newcastle stay in the Premier League the job as Spain national manager is appealing to Benitez and if he is offered the job he would walk away from Newcastle even if he saves us from the drop.
Who will come in as the new manager in the summer is a good question, but Newcastle become a rather unattractive club with £20M in revenues from the Championship for next season compared to an average of £150M for Premier League clubs – so we shouldn’t get our hopes up it will be a top manager.
We hope it’s better than John Carver or Steve McClaren – but maybe not?
To us it’s just staggering what’s happened at Newcastle this season and we wont even mention we spent £82M in the transfer market – calling it incompetence is simply being too kind.
It’s one measure of Lee Charnley’s incompetence as the top executive at Newcastle this season.
Now “smaller” clubs like Bournemouth, Watford, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Stoke, Swansea and maybe Norwich will be much richer clubs than Newcastle next season – just amazing.
Poor buys in the transfer market and dithering around and unable to make tough decisions when that’s what was necessary – do have consequences when you are an executive at any organization.
And bringing in a second-rate manager last June to take over from the very woeful John Carver certainly didn’t help anything.
If we do get relegated Newcastle will be in very serious trouble.
This is more than the disaster scenario for this season – it’s much worse than that.
I never thought I’d ever see this thing happen to Newcastle United, especially after what happened last season – being completely and utterly stunned doesn’t quite describe it.