Claims of Rafa Benitez set for return to Premier League – Bizarre reasoning
Rafa Benitez saw his Newcastle United contract out until the very end.
The experienced manager doing a very professional job, staying and guiding Newcastle to a second comfortable Premier League finish, 11 points above the relegation zone.
Indeed, in his final 16 Premier League games, Rafa’s NUFC had the fifth best form in the division.
Mike Ashley had the club release a statement, without informing Rafa Benitez first, before the end of his three year contract, saying the manager wouldn’t be kept on once it ended.
The Spaniard is now coming up to completing four months in charge at Dalian Yifang.
However, it is now claimed he could be shortly heading back to the Premier League.
With the Chinese Super League season ending on 1 December, some Newcastle fans and neutrals did wonder if potentially there could be a clause in his contract that allowed Rafa Benitez to maybe leave in December if he was offered a job at a top European club.
However, Sunday morning has brought bizarre claims with different reasoning for a potential return to the Premier League.
A report from The Sportsman claims that with only four points from the last six games, Rafa Benitez could leave if Dalian Yifang end up relegated.
However, there is one massive flaw in this argument.
Dalian Yifang are currently ninth in the Chinese Super League on 34 points, with two clubs going down in the 16 team league, Rafa Benitez and his team are 14 points clear of Shenzhen FC in 15th place.
Dalian Yifang play their fourth last game today against Shanghai SIPG, whilst Shenzhen FC have only three games remaining, even if Rafa’s team lost all four games and Shenzhen won all three, Dalian Yifang would still be five points clear at the end of the season.
A very strange report based on something that is simply not true/possible.
As for Rafa’s team, they were in relegation trouble when he arrived mid-season but with five wins and a draw in the first seven league games, he ensured that threat disappeared.
Nobody likes to lose games in any circumstances but it looks likely to be more a case of Rafa Benitez beginning his plans for next season and using these remaining games to try out players, formations and tactics to see what the best way forward is.
Who knows if/when Rafa Benitez will return to the Premier League but it certainly won’t be due to relegation this season.
The report from The Sportsman:
‘Does Rafa’s Dwindling Success In China Signal A Return To The Premier League?
‘alian don’t boast the stature of Chinese Super League giants like Guangzhou Evergrande, Beijing Goan and Shanghai Shenhua, but they are ambitious and the arrival of Benitez was in line with this. But while not so long ago Benitez looked to be carrying his club on an upward trajectory, now they are sliding in the other direction.
Indeed, Benitez’s team have won just one of their last six games, drawing one and losing the other four. This slump has left Dalian Yifang just three points off the relegation zone at the bottom of the Chinese Super League and with a tough game against second-top Shanghai SIPG coming this weekend it’s possible that this gap could narrow even further.
The positivity that Benitez initially brought to the club has vanished in recent weeks. Many are tipping the Spaniard for a return to the Premier League…
Benitez also writes a regular column for The Athletic UK which gives the impression that he is keeping his finger in the English football pie. A number of interviews given since his move to China paint the picture of man who is only over there until something better comes along. One wonders if that is seeping into the dressing room at Dalian Yifang.
Having scored more than one goal just twice in their last six games, Benitez needs Yannick Carrasco, Marek Hamsik and Salomon Rondon, his three star players, to step up and make a difference in the final third of the pitch otherwise Benitez’s time in China could see him suffer relegation. That might prove an issue if any other clubs are looking at him.’
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