Chris Waddle, the former Newcastle United winger and now a pundit has been talking in the Express today about West Ham’s possible move for Rafa Benitez.
That’s after the Hammers fired David Moyes and his assistants yesterday, and that is said to have come as a surprise to Moyes after he saved them from relegation this season.
Chris Waddle is not fully convinced West Ham are the club for Rafa and he makes several good points in his comments to BBC Radio Five.
Chris Waddle – not sure Hammers are the club for Rafa
This is some of what Chris Waddle told BBC Radio 5 Live:
“Benitez might look at it and think, ‘You know at Newcastle, I’ve got that budget which is not obviously great’ and he wants more and rightly so,”
“But going to West Ham it might be a very similar budget and he stays at Newcastle, he’s absolutely loved, the fans love him, and rightly so, he’s done a great job.”
“He could go to West Ham, lose the first five games and it’s like, ‘What are you doing here?’”
“So for him to move it would have to be an unbelievable sort of deal.”
“It would have to say, ‘I’m allowed to spend a lot of money to bring certain players in I’ve identified who I’d probably like to bring to Newcastle, who are even bigger players.’
“Where do you wanna be? That is the question for any manager going into West Ham. – where do you want to be?”
“Will it be a relegation battle? Will it be a mid-table or where actually does the club wanna go?”
“If they don’t spend at Newcastle, then obviously to get the maximum out of thm (sic) players again is very difficult, that’ll be three years running, with the same basic squad,”
“That’s the reason they’re interested, – well, Rafa is allegedly interested – because of the budget talks with the owner.”
“Because you know he needs assurances, because he’s got them up there in a good position in the league and like I say – it’s a good position then to springboard and go up.”
“That’s what the Newcastle fans want.”
Newcastle have to give Rafa the tools and the money he needs to significantly improve the Newcastle squad this season.
Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley should know there are any number of clubs only too willing to pay Rafa a hefty wage and give him significant transfer funds to make their club a top club in the land.
We are still hoping that club remains Newcastle United.