Rafa Benitez was linked with the Spanish national team job when Julen Lopetegui was sacked just before the World Cup kicked off.

Lupetegui having revealed he’d agreed to be the new Real Madrid boss next season, without having told the Spanish FA it was on his agenda.

Fernando Hierro was given the job on a caretaker basis, to at least initially see Spain through this summer’s World Cup.

Sunday morning brings an ‘exclusive’ that reports Hierro won’t be getting the job on a permanent basis, with Spain not impressing in the tournament and falling at the last 16 stage in a poor performance against Russia.

The exclusive from The Star states that the Spanish FA has drawn up a shortlist and Rafa Benitez is one of those they are interested in taking the job.

After the World Cup failure and many players said to be unhappy, the Spanish FA are said to want an experienced manager who can take hold of the situation and get the talented group of individuals playing as a team.

Hence why Rafa Benitez is allegedly in the frame for the job.

The report claims that any interest from Rafa in the Spain job would depend on how much he is, or isn’t, supported in the transfer market by Mike Ashley.

This ‘exclusive’ sounds all a bit dubious, as there is nothing to suggest the Newcastle boss would be interested in packing in club management at the moment, for the less stressful, in terms of day to day pressure, of managing a national side.

The exclusive names Roberto Martinez as another person on the shortlist but if he leads Belgium to World Cup glory, you would have to think he would get the choice of some very attractive high profile club jobs.

It goes without saying that if Rafa were to leave Newcastle at the minute, it would be nothing short of a disaster, less than five weeks to run of both the transfer window and until the season kicks off and free transfer Ki Sung-Yueng the only new face in the squad.



  • TheNutJob

    Rafa`s not he man for Spain, his style of football is totally alien to what the Spanish national side play & that`s the problem he had at Real.

    • Leazes.

      Alien here as well… not what I’d call entertaining 30% possession.

      • TheNutJob

        not my type of football either i`m afraid

        • Leazes.

          Don’t be afraid… be terrified!

      • Leicester Mag

        Agree but hardly helps when playing with forwards that can’t hold up the ball and/or get behind the opposition with pace.

        • Leazes.

          Planning or necessity….? I don’t see the point of having a ‘trophy manager’ and a poor squad, strange combination…. bit like hiring Heston Blumenthal as a personal chef and asking him to make you a cheese sarnie.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            That would be nice

          • Leazes.

            idiot

          • Wor Lass

            If Heston made you a cheese sandwich it would probably blow your mind.

          • Leazes.

            idiot.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
            Wor Lass has made the grade of Idiot at last

          • Leazes.

            There’s a place for frivolity but its not here!

          • Rich Lawson

            No,God forbid we should have a laugh on this esteemed sight.

          • Wor Lass

            If i was being frivolous I would probably have said something like, “If Heston made you a cheese sandwich the cheese would still be in the cow.”!

          • Wor Lass

            We couldn`t all be classified idiots as easily as you!

          • Rich Lawson

            But what are your positions on the ”Monkseaton” hit list ?

          • Wor Lass

            Thank you!

          • Rich Lawson

            It would come with squid !

    • Billmag

      No the problem at Real was Ronaldo who has to much influence at that club.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        the problem at Real was that they play 4-3-3 or at a pinch 4-4-2
        never 4-2-3-1.

        • Damon Horner

          They hired him knowing what type of manager he is though so why would they act surprised?

          What they didn’t know is he was not against moving on Ronaldo and/or Benzema.

  • Billmag

    No chance Rafa likes nothing more than being with player’s on a day to day basis.

  • Desree

    This is the Spain national job. Why would Rafa not be interested?

    • Keeganontherebound

      Heโ€™s actually on record as saying he would be – Mag writers clearly canโ€™t be bothered doing a bit of googling before writing their articles…

  • Toon 83

    There’s no way they would want him. Spain have played some of the best football in the history of the game over the past 10 years. I can’t imagine the Spanish players or fans wanting to play in Rafas style

  • Elvin Burdon

    You can hardly blame Hierro for the team’s failure he only got the job a few days before the start of the tournament.

  • Geordiegiants

    Has everyone been spiked with LSD today or something ?๐Ÿ˜ณ