Vincente del Bosque has nominated Rafa Benitez as his potential successor this summer.

The Spanish FA are said to have all but given up hope of persuading del Bosque to stay on after the Euros on France.

Managing Spain over the last eight years, with World Cup and European Championship success, Vincente del Bosque is easily the national team’s best ever manager.

There had been much speculation that out of work Joaquin Caparros could succeed del Bosque, Caparros was credited with doing a decent job at both Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla buy in more recent times has been sacked by both Mallorca and Granada.

However, Vincente del Bosque has been asked about the situation and he made a point of not mentioning Caparros and instead put forward three candidates of his own.

Vincente del Bosque talking to Estudio Estadio:

“There are some very good Spanish Coaches: Rafa Benitez, Roberto Martinez, Julen Lopetegui – searching for a new Coach is very easy.”

Del Bosque holds a lot of sway due to his success with the national side and the Spanish FA want to make the changeover as seamless as possible, so the current Manager’s opinion counts for a lot in their deliberations.

One other key factor is that it has been made clear that they don’t want to pay any compensation to a club for their manager, meaning a contract free candidate is very much the Spanish FA’s preferred choice.

Of the three names put forward by del Bosque, Lopetegui is currently without a club after being sacked by Porto, whilst Martinez is with Everton.

In the case of Rafa Benitez, both he and Newcastle United have opt out clauses in the event of relegation.

Potentially taking over a very talented and successful Spain, or Championship football with Newcastle United…?