Rafa Benitez could be set for a return to La Liga this Summer, according to a lazy exclusive on Wednesday morning.
The Newcastle boss could supposedly join Real Sociedad at the end of the season according to The Mirror.
They claim the Spanish club are lining up a move for the Newcastle boss to try and get them competitive in La Liga.
This season they are currently sixth bottom and last month sacked their manager, putting his number two in charge until the end of the season.
Whilst no doubt most clubs in Spain (as is the case in every other European country) would welcome a manager of Rafa’s ability and experience, it is pretty feeble to run this as a supposedly credible story.
Rafa Benitez has spent two years of hard graft and putting up with Mike Ashley, in bringing Newcastle straight back up to the top tier and now all but safe in the Premier League after a very difficult ‘transition’ season.
Could he be tempted by an offer from elsewhere?
Maybe he could if Mike Ashley once again doesn’t back him.
However, to put up Real Sociedad (where David Moyes flopped) as credible suitors would take a massive leap of imagination.
Would Rafa Benitez really swap 50,000+ crowds for the ones as low as 15,000 that Real Sociedad are getting this season?
Even more than that, what would be the point of going to a club that has so little chance of competing financially?
The TV deals for La Liga give clubs such as Real Sociedad a pittance compared to that enjoyed by your average Premier League club.
In Spain, with a club such as Real Sociedad, you would be climbing a mountain with flop-flops on.
If Rafa did make himself available to other clubs, for whatever reason, he would have the choice of any number of clubs with more pulling power than Real Sociedad.
‘Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez targeted for return to Spanish football as Magpies close in on Premier League safety
Rafa Benitez is wanted by Real Sociedad.
The Basque club, currently just 15th in Spain’s 20-team top flight but safe from relegation, hope to convince the Newcastle boss to come home and lead them up the table.’