We had wondered if all of Rafa Benitez’ assistants would be able to stay at Newcastle in the Championship – and there’s news today being reported by Sky Italia that his top Italian assistant Fabio Pecchia will leave Newcastle to take charge of Hellas Verona in Serie B next season.
When Rafa first arrived at Newcastle in March, when he was introducing his coaching team, he said that Fabio was a future manager and that he would eventually manage a club – and that seems to have happened.
Fabio Pecchia with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle
Fabio has been Rafa’s main assistant since 2013 when he joined him at Napoli and they went to Real Madrid together last summer.
Fabio will manage Verona, who were bottom of Serie A last season and will start next season in Serie B.
The 42 year-old had a long playing career as a midfielder playing for Napoli over 125 times.
He also played at Juventus and another 10 clubs in a career that spanned 18 years from 1991, when he made almost 500 first team appearances.
He played for Italy in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
It will be interesting to see who Rafa will draft in now as his new assistant and while it may be good to have somebody with Championship experience, Rafa will also be looking at the long term future at Newcastle.
Benitez may even try to draft in somebody who has been associated with Newcastle United in the past.
What do you think?