News today that Rafa Benitez isn’t even the bookies favorite to take over the West Ham job should the owners decide to sack Slaven Bilic within the next month.
The new favorite is former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and that’s according to the London Evening Standard.
Mancini is currently the manager of Zenit Saint Petersburg and has been since June 1st of this year after being fired last summer from Inter-Milan.
Whereas Rafa Benitez will no doubt be disillusioned with Mike Ashley at Newcastle, most of the other things at the club (that’s apart from the money available) he has complete control of.
It’s difficult to see how he could have so much control at another club, should he leave the Magpies, and it’s almost certain that Rafa will at least stay on board until the end of the season.
Rafa Benitez – at Newcastle for another two years?
We are hoping that Mike Ashley comes to his senses soon, and maybe we can bring two or three players in during the January transfer window – which is what we were also hoping last January, but that didn’t happen.
We also hope that he can do a lot better than most people are expecting in the Premier League and that we can still finish around mid table.
If that happens, it will be an encouragement for Rafa that he’s still making progress and then we should have a lot more money next summer to spend on new players than we’ve had this summer.
If we do finish around 10th, we’ll get about £125M from the Premier League next May.
Rafa has just less than two years left on his contract, and he could see out his contract and judge how far he has taken Newcastle by then, even without too much help from the Newcastle owner.
There’s a lot of hope in that statement of course.
What do you think?