It’s not surprising that with Arsene Wenger likely to leave Arsenal since being there since 1996, Rafa Benitez name has come up as a possible future Gunners boss.
Arsenal are one of the great English clubs, and they have plenty of money to spend on players, which doesn’t seem to be the case at Newcastle.
Well, not at the moment anyway.
If Arsenal did make an approach for Rafa this summer, it could be a challenge to keep him if he decides he wants to go to a bigger club.
But former Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy, now a Sky Sports pundit, has stressed that if Rafa can just get some help and some money on Tyneside he could turn Newcastle into a top club again.
Craig Bellamy – speaks highly of Newcastle United
That’s what Rafa’s trying to do, but he has hardly been helped by owner Mike Ashley.
Craig makes a lot of sense in what he says and stressed Newcastle are a top football club.
This is some of what Craig has said on his Sky Sports Debate podcast:
“Look Newcastle’s a great club, big club, it’s been disappointing to see what’s happened over the last couple of years.”
“He (Benitez) went there, I’m sure he didn’t expect them to get relegated, but it happened, got them up, this year he hasn’t been able to spend as much money as Rafa usually likes to spend.”
“Does he deserve a move to a club like Arsenal? “If he can get Newcastle going it’s a top, top football club.”
As we said, it could be difficult to turn Arsenal down if they do come with an offer for Rafa.
But it’s a plum job to be sure, and if Arsene Wenger finally does leave after 22 years, the Gunners will go after a number of world-class managers, possibly including Rafa.
If there is a Newcastle takeover soon or Benitez gets real cast-iron assurances from Mike Ashley about transfer funds being available in the future, he could sign a new contract at Newcastle this summer.
But one thing is definite – Rafa really wants to make Newcastle great again – that’s the only reason he’s at Newcastle in the first place.
Why is Ashley screwing this up?
What do you think?