Rafa Benitez has been linked with the Spain job.
Tuesday brought the announcement that Julen Lopetegui had agreed to take over at Real Madrid.
Lopetegui will step down after overseeing Spain at the World Cup in Russia, taking over for the 2018/19 season.
He had a similar path to the job as Gareth Southgate, having spent four years managing at various youth levels with Spain, followed by a couple of years at Porto before taking over with the national side in 2016.
Yesterday’s announcement predictably prompted a number of lazy reports from journalists/newspapers claiming Rafa Benitez was under consideration for the Spain job.
It is an easy story to write about such an experienced manager who has experienced great success both home (in La Liga) and abroad.
However, Rafa clearly enjoys the day to day cut and thrust of being in club management and has given no indication he is ready to give that up any time soon.
Just because Mike Ashley is messing his manager about, doesn’t then equal Rafa Benitez wanting to jump ship to manage his country.
If he did finally say enough is enough with Mike Ashley, there would be plenty of ambitious clubs ready to offer him alternative employment.
After spending over two years doing a brilliant job of turning around Newcastle United, it would also take something special to make him give all of that up, just when there should be now the money available and opportunity to now progress properly his NUFC ‘project’.