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More Doubts About Benitez – Under Serious Consideration For New Job

Real Madrid have just appointed the 51-year-old Spanish National manager Julen Lopetegui as their new head coach to replace the departed Zinedine Zidane.

Lopetegui is on a three-year deal after the surprise resignation of Zidane just days after beating Liverpool in the Champions League final.

The former French star midfielder took over at Real from Rafa Benitez in January 2016 and won three Champions League titles in two and a half years at the helm.

Lopetegui will start his duties after the World Cup finishes – it starts tomorrow.

Rafa Benitez – under serious consideration for vacant Spain job

The Express are reporting today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is under serious consideration for the Spain job.

As we know, Rafa has one year left on his Newcastle contract and at some point in his career, he has said he would like to manage the Spanish National team.

But hopefully that’s not yet, and he will stay at Newcastle.

But the uncertainty surrounding his new contract at Newcastle and the delay in him signing it doesn’t help things.

He has been outstanding at Newcastle in the time he’s been at the club.

Rafa has shown with few resources available how he can get the very best out of his players.

Rafa got Newcastle promoted in first place last year in the Championship and got Newcastle up to 10th place in the Premier League last season.

And now he’s asking Mike Ashley for his full support regarding transfer funds and improving the facilities at the club to make Newcastle into a top club in Europe.

Rafa has rekindled his career on Tyneside after being fired from his hometown club Real Madrid after only six months at the helm when Real were only a couple of points behind Barcelona in La Liga.

We don’t think Rafa will want the Spanish job – but you never know.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • martoon

    Jun 13, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Hopefully people here are putting 2 and 2 together and making 5! I’m quite reassured by Jib’s post from the previous topic as he is in Spain and reckons Rafa’s name has not been mentioned there.
    I’m quite surprised by the timing of the announcement about the Spain manager going to RM – quite unsettling for the Spanish squad I would have thought?

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jun 13, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    South Shields are hosting a special tournament in the coming weeks in which Celtic, Southampton and Marseilles will take part. Rafa is hotly tipped to take over at Shields for the duration of the tournament after which he’ll consider whether he wants the job permanently.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 13, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Rather shameless clickbait there Ed if you don’t mind me saying. You’ve had Rafa leaving almost every day.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 13, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    martoon, yes I posted on that exa

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 13, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    … exact topic yesterday, terrible timing for the Spain team and a real motivator for any of their opponents who want to earn themselves a move to Real.

  • Mindshaft

    Jun 13, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    To be fair to Edit, he just reports what’s in the press and it’s fairly slow news out there regarding toon

  • SuperShearer

    Jun 13, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    People saying a player will be extra motivated playing against the soon-to-be Real manager… seriously? You need extra motivation when playing Spain? Oh, and you know why Zidane left Real right? Because he wanted to sign Hazard and the club weren’t sold on it… so he walked. Not sure the manager has any huge say in who comes into that club.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 13, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8



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