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.
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.