Rafa Benitez would prefer to keep managing in England so he can be close to his wife and two teenage daughters in their family home in the Wirral, Cheshire.
There’s no doubt Rafa likes a lot about the Newcastle job – he loves the fervor and passion for the club that exudes from supporters and the City council is right behind the football club.
That’s one of the advantages Rafa has at Newcastle – there is an excellent train service between Newcastle and Liverpool, and he can get back home many times during the season.
Rafa Benitez – thumbs up to fans on Monday night at the Emirates
Here’s some information on trains between Newcastle Central station and Liverpool’s Lime Street station.
- The average journey time between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street is 3 hours 7 minutes; the fastest journey time is 2 hours 54 minutes.
- On an average weekday, there are 17 trains per day traveling from Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street.
- The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.
Some journalists have chimed in today about whether Rafa Benitez will stay at Newcastle this summer.
One of them is the London Evening Standard’s Chief Football Correspondent Joe Olley who was speaking on BBC Radio 5:
“I think it’s a question of where would he go?”
“I think even if Rafa didn’t stop at Newcastle, he would want to stay in England.”
“But what jobs would be available if he was to jump ship from Newcastle?”
“Everyone knows Newcastle are a bit of a sleeping giant really.”
“And if they did get some money behind them then everything is in place for that club to have a really tilt towards the top eight.”
We really like that last sentence.
And the local journalists seem to think Rafa could be close to signing for Newcastle once we are safe in the league.
Cardiff City play tonight at Manchester City, and another defeat would see Newcastle closer to safety – especially if we can then beat Crystal Palace on Saturday at St. James’ Park.
What do you think?