Benitez Gives Interesting Answer To Potential Liverpool And Spanish National Jobs

Rafa Benitez has said recently he still thinks he has about 15 years left in management which would take him to 72 years of age.

Roy Hodgson is still managing at 70 years of age, and Sir Bobby Robson managed into his 70s.

So did Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United so continuing until the age of 72 is certainly possible.

That’s especially true when you have the passion and drive for the game that Rafa has.

Rafa has been interviewed by Spanish publication Marca, and he’s always asked about two potential jobs – the Spanish National job and eventually going back to manage Liverpool.

The Reds are not doing particularly well at the moment under German manager Jurgen Klopp and in fact are two places behind Newcastle in the Premier League table.

Rafa Benitez – would like to be successful at Newcastle

Newcastle are in 7th place after 9 games played even though Rafa was not backed in the summer transfer window.

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The Newcastle manager was asked about the Spanish national job, and this is how he replied:

“And I always say the same with respect: for the moment I don’t consider it.”

“I am happy here and I have years of contract. It depends on how my career evolves, we will go on one side or the other.”

“If we do it here very well, we can finish the work in these parts; and if not, obviously, the selection can be a footnote.”

“You have to leave it there, and see what happens in a few years. And the same in relation to Liverpool.”

“It depends.”  “Maybe.”

“I’m still here and I’m not moving anymore.”

It seems obvious that Rafa is hoping things will turn out for him at Newcastle and he will be given sufficient funds so that he can challenge for a top-four place at Newcastle in the nest few years.

He has had a disappointment in the summer when he was not backed by owner Mike Ashley, but MIke could leave Newcastle by the end of the year as owner.

The favorite to take over at the moment is Amanda Staveley – so the manager will be hoping whoever the new owners are – they will support him in the transfer market.,

Since Rafa’s family still live in Liverpool, it wouldn’t be too surprising if he moved back to Liverpool in say 10 years time after guiding Newcastle to their most successful 10-year spell in their history.

That would be good.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Oct 24, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1

    100 UP!

    Saturday’s game brought the 100 up since we have had anyone sent off IN A PREMIERSHIP GAME against us.

    105games since we have had a numerical advantage in a PREMIERSHIP GAME.

    In that time we have had FIFTEEN SENT OFF!!!!

    Conspiracy theory or BIAS

  • Jib

    Oct 24, 2017 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Strange PL table at the moment

    We don’t play until next Monday evening

    Depending on results

    If we lose and results have gone against us
    over the weekend we could end up 12th
    behind Brighton


    If we win and results have been in our
    favour we could end up 4th behind Spurs

  • lochinvar

    Oct 24, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Once Ashley has gone the Establishment ( in brackets the FA ) and Refs won’t have any reason to try to knock us down.
    Therefore conclusion is that it’s a biased conspiracy.
    Once we have new owners the opposition can expect loads of Red Cards.
    Therefore conclusion is wishful thinking.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Oct 24, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #4

    I think what he said is pretty clear Ed, Rafa has no intention of leaving Newcastle unless he fails and is pushed.
    All this and the Mirror Group owned Chronicle still spout rubbish about him leaving.

    My own opinion is, we still have some tough times to get through before we are attending the bus parade, but with all Geordies behind Rafa anything is possible.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 24, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    EssexGB – just in case you are still having your breakfast

    Just to get your morning off to a good start

    Khush dil

    Is this where ” cushty ” originates from ?

  • Jib

    Oct 24, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    Charlie in that period we have suffered
    Championship ref’s and their mad decisions
    (Remember Nottingham Forest)
    Poor sides under bad managers
    Players getting themselves deliberately sent off
    (according to the coaches)
    A few mad dogs playing for us
    And downright poor decisions
    (Colo against the filth on Wearyside)

  • TyneMouth

    Oct 24, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Repost from earlier;

    There is something not right about this new owner speculation, and it’s difficult to sift the truth from the unsubstantiated rumours, of which there are many!

    For example, recently posters have been debating the level of Sports Direct advertising at SJP in the aftermath of a new owner! Where did that bull’s excrement originate. If I was to sell my business I wouldn’t expect the new owners to offer me even a car parking space!

    I would also be very disappointed if the new owner(s) were to agree to the retail, hospitality and catering money streams being in other hands.

    This sale is the initiative and the intention of Mike Ashley, at least that is what he claims. (Mike has a bit of history when it comes to statements of intention.) But, the inclusions of provisos of a ‘deadline’ and ‘delayed payments’ aren’t credible methods of negotiation.

    Just like last summer and the ‘transfer’ speculation, and the subsequent ‘will He stay/will he walk’ merry go round. There were very few credible facts, apart from Rafa apparently being less than happy, and life eventually moved on.

    The only positive aspect about this current storyline regarding our future, is that Raffa is more than relaxed about the situation. If Senor Benitez was concerned about the current state of play, he would have found a way of involvement. Not so far…

    From a purely speculative position, could it be that Rafa is involved with this game of thrones? Is he a player? Is this his reaction to the disappointment of the summer transfer fiasco? I couldn’t possibly comment on such speculation, could I?…


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