The Times have reported today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has been offered a massive financial deal to coach in China.
Rafa has been offered a wage of £12M/year to manage Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League.
Benítez, 59, seems to be running down his contract at Newcastle and it now has 12 days to go so there’s no reason why he shouldn’t accept this offer and start work on July 1st.
But Rafa has said many times before he wants to manage in England and be close to his family in the Wirral, Cheshire.
Rafa Benitez doing what he loves to do – coaching his players
And with the Bin Zayed Group likely to be acquiring Newcastle soon (we hope), it will be a great opportunity for Rafa to take the club forward.
This time the owner will actually be helping Rafa to do that rather than hindering him.
We also think that Rafa is not swayed by money too much, but rather wants to win trophies.
That’s what he wants to do in his career and he can do that at Newcastle with new owners in place.
And £12M/year is a wage that Rafa could be getting in the future managing a very successful Newcastle United side.
But the offer shows how well respected our manager is in world football, which is just one reason we should be keeping him on Tyneside.
The sooner this mess is all straightened out at Newcastle the better.
We are hoping at the end of it all, we will have a new ambitious owner and the same manager in place at Newcastle.