The Sun is reporting today that Rafa Benitez was considered as a possible replacement for Claude Puel at Leicester City.
That was about the same time West Ham were linked with a possible move for Rafa, but the London club’s number one choice was always going to be Manuel Pellegrini.
Whenever a vacancy comes up in the Premier League Rafa will probably be linked with a move to that club unless and until he signs a new long-term deal at Newcastle.
But it seems clear that Rafa will stay at Newcastle for at least next season and who knows what he can achieve before next May.
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Leicester City seem to have Celtic and former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers as their number one choice – so we wonder if Claude Puel will have a job when preseason starts at the beginning of July?
Rafa is working hard with Lee Charnley on transfer targets and he will be keen for Newcastle to finish higher than last season’s 10th position.
Before the season starts the transfer window will end so, we will know before that first game just how good a transfer window Newcastle have had.
Things are not as bad as they may appear because with Newcastle in the Premier League we will continue to get increased revenues, so there should be ample money for Rafa to spend in the transfer market.
That’s even with Mike Ashley still as the owner.
We have to hope that some agreement between Rafa and Ashley can be forged that will keep the manager happy.
But Rafa is also a reasonable man, and he knows he will not get mountains of money at Newcastle – well not until we crack the top six in the Premier League.
If Rafa can do that we could then get some ambitious buyers coming in to take the club off the hands of Mike Ashley.
And Rafa and Newcastle have done well with little money to spend these last couple of years, and now Rafa should get more money in this transfer window than ever before on Tyneside.
This is one way of looking on the bright side of things.
Sorry about that on this sunny Sunday morning.