Rafa Benitez has once again been linked with a summer move to Newcastle United.
Despite a track record of winning the Champions League, domestic league title and various cups, there are still some United fans who would be disappointed if the former Liverpool boss ended up at St. James’ Park.
The very fact though that this is being pushed as a serious possibility is laughable, some Newcastle fans just still don’t understand where we have ended up in the food chain as a club ran in the way it is under Mike Ashley.
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Rafa Benitez has made the following comments, which then have led to some journalists and United fans to then believe it has some kind of relevance to Newcastle United;
“I will speak about my future before the end of the season, for now I only want to stay focused on the present and the games that we have coming up.
“I have a good relationship with the players and the club so there is still time to discuss the issue, whenever I leave Napoli, whether that is in a year or five years, I want the team to be more mature.”
There is absolutely no way Benitez will come to Newcastle United, or at least the Newcastle United we have at the minute under Ashley.
At Liverpool he was given a fortune to spend and amongst the many signings he made were Torres £33m, Mascherano £19m, Keane £21m, Babel £15m, Kuyt £16m, Aquilani£18m and Johnson £18m. He won plenty trophies but was given the backing to do it.
In his one transfer window when at Inter Milan, Benitez was allowed to spend £41m in summer 2010, including £16m each on Pazzini and Ranocchia.
As temporary manager until the end of the season at Chelsea after Roberto Di Mattei’s sacking, Benitez was still allowed to bring in Demba Ba and Wallace in the Winter window, despite having £100m worth of Di Matteo new signings such as Hazard, Oscar and Azpilicueta at his disposal.
Appointed to manage Napoli in summer 2013, Rafael Benitez has so far spent around £120m in two seasons, including £50m on a trio of Real Madrid players which included Higuain.
Napoli are currently in third place in Serie A, four points clear of Fiorentina, a position that would put them into a qualifier for Champions League football.
Why on earth would he come to Newcastle United?
A phrase that has being used is that Benitez has ‘unfinished business’ in the Premier League. So how does coming to Newcastle and being given no say on players and given the minimum amount of new signings possible, with the aim simply of survival in the league, somehow equal giving him the chance to complete this ‘unfinished business’?
Yes Rafael Benitez will really show his critics when Newcastle scrap it out with Burnley, Palace and the mackems in a battle to stay up!
The sad truth is of course that if only Newcastle United were ran with ambition then somebody like Rafael Benitez (or better!) would be desperate for the job.
As it stands now though, only the very desperate are going to have any interest in coming near St. James’ Park.