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.