The Telegraph today is reporting that West Ham could want Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez to replace David Moyes in the summer.
The Hammers only signed Moyes on a six-month deal last year so unless Moyes does a great job he was always going to be replaced this summer.
The other candidate for the West Ham job will be former Hull City and Watford manager Marco Silva, but the Hammers will carefully monitor the situation at Newcastle since the Spaniard is a proven top manager.
Rafa still has around 18 months to see out his Newcastle contract and would cost West Ham about £6M (Rafa’s salary at Newcastle) whereas Marco Silva would cost nothing as he is in effect a free agent.
Rafa Benitez – could leave Newcastle this summer
But Rafa Benitez will probably elect to leave Newcastle in the summer under two different circumstances.
One is if we are relegated again, and the other is if Mike Ashley is still the owner.
Benitez almost joined West Ham in the summer of 2015 before he joined his hometown club Real Madrid at the last moment.
The Telegraph report infers West Ham will go after Silva as their first choice, but we wonder about that.
Rafa has always talked fondly of the two owners there – David Gold and David Sullivan – as men who treated him very well back in 2015 and they can be trusted.
Certainly, he would be supported to the hilt by the hierarchy if he moved to London – and Rafa knows it.
That’s something he has never received at Newcastle under the current owner
If we do lose Rafa this summer it’s all down to Mike Ashley (what again?) and his shoddy treatment of the Spaniard.
Ashley has failed to support him in the transfer market over the last three transfer windows.
But there again Mr. Ashley never likes to spend money – even when it’s Newcastle’s money.
What do you think?