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’.

  • JonMag

    How does this guy know that Rafa wouldn`t be interested in managing Spain.
    is he a reporter or does he have mystical powers, if anything`s lame it`s this article

    • Leazes.

      Maybe he cut-n-pastes from someone who thinks they have ‘mystical powers’.

      • JonMag

        that`s more than likely

  • Keeganontherebound

    Actually Rafa is on record as saying he would be interested in managing Spain. It would be perfect for him in many ways: he would get to work with top-class players and be able to spend time with his family which is clearly important to him. I think the real issue is whether the Spain FA want him or would prefer a yes man. It’s pretty arrogant to say it would take ‘something special’ to entice Rafa away and to imply the Spain job isn’t that compared to NUFC under Ashley…

    • Paul Patterson

      I’m sure I’ve heard him state that he’s not as keen on International management as domestic.

      • TheNutJob

        it`s better than working for Jabba

        • thewildchimp

          Shoveling coal is better than working for him. At least you know that someday, somewhere the things might change…

      • Keeganontherebound

        Take a look at the -much better- article on the northern echo site. He was asked by Marca about the Spain job and said he had to concentrate on doing well at Newcastle and then maybe he’d get a shot at it…

        • MadMag83

          That’s where I first heard of the link. It quotes Benitez as saying back in October that he would be interested in the Spain job.

          Why wouldn’t​ any manager want to coach at the highest level?

  • Peaky

    Just read on some website that Mark Hughes is 11/2 favourite to be next Newcastle boss….perish the fuc*ing thought.

    • Leazes.

      We’ve had all the other Journeymen doing the rounds….so in the words of Ryder….’He’d be a perfect fit’ ……. for Ashley!

    • TheNutJob


  • Toon

    Choosing between the honour of managing Spain (Rafa is Spanish) and nufc run by Ashley suggests this write up is nonsense

  • MadMag83

    Burying your head in the sand? Rafa will be off if Spain make a formal approach.

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Now that Lopetegui has gone, is it conceivable that Rafa could step up to the plate two days before Spain’s first match at the WC?
    Seems unlikely but not completely out of the question.

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    MA plays hardball ….places tight limits on transfer budgets; insists players only move on for top valuations which reduces or defers sales; restricts top fee so striker recruitment is limited again. Along comes Spain… only connect