Pundit Stan Collymore has said it wouldn’t surprise him if Rafa Benitez ends his time at Newcastle and moves to manage another Premier League club.
He needs to stay in England, so he is close to his family in the Wirral, Cheshire.
Rafa is fighting hard to keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season, but it’s no thanks to owner Mike Ashley who has Newcastle fighting relegation for the fourth time in the last five seasons we have been in England’s top division.
That’s a damning statistic of his ownership at Newcastle.
There are plenty of Premier League clubs who would love to have Rafa in charge with one likely favorite being West Ham United.
David Moyes is only contracted to the club until the summer, and they are starting to struggle a little in the league.
Rafa Benitez – will he leave Newcastle this summer?
If West Ham survive, we would expect the Hammers to move for Rafa with a promise they would give him some big money to spend this summer.
West Ham would also keep that promise.
That’s something he’s not guaranteed with Mike Ashley, if he still the Newcastle owner, which is very likely.
This is what Stan has said to Betstars today:
“I think what he’s been frustrated with is that he was promised funds to be able to kick Newcastle on to the next level which Mike Ashley hasn’t given him because of the projected takeover, which obviously hasn’t happened now.”
“I think that he will make sure that they fight tooth and nail to make sure they stay in the league and it wouldn’t at all surprise me if he keeps them in the league but then he walks and he says ‘right I’ve had enough’.
“With the greatest of respect to Newcastle there are probably five or six premium jobs that are going to be going, whether it be at international or club level that he would walk into with his CV.”
It’s a possibility Rafa will leave Newcastle this summer and if he does it will break the hearts of Newcastle fans.
It would also bring even more disdain on owner Mike Ashley who would have again been able to screw things up big time at Newcastle.