Is Rafa Benitez on the verge of making a return to the Premier League?
Although a newfound sense of excitement and sensation now suddenly surrounds Zinedine Zidane and his new position as the current head-coach at the Bernabeu, many have nonetheless expressed sympathetic feelings towards Rafa Benitez after he was unceremoniously cast aside amid the Spanish capital.
The managerial merry-go-round will ultimately continue in light all this recent drama however, as although the 55-year-old tactician currently finds himself out of the job at this particular junction, the former Valencia, Liverpool and Napoli boss will likely find a subsequent suitor for his services sooner rather than later.
So then, whilst such a surprise notion may indeed seem somewhat unlikely in the cold light of day, could Rafa Benitez potentially find himself back among the English Premier League in the not too distant future?
Here are the possible candidates…
Well, although the Spaniard would face an extremely tough test in trying to replace Jurgen Klopp in the Anfield dug-out any time soon, perhaps another of his former sides – Chelsea – could indeed require his expertise next summer. The Stamford Bridge faithful may not have taken too readily to Rafa first time around, but stranger things have certainly happened in football…
Diego Simeone may very well stay on at Atletico when all is said and done, Pep Guardiola is already on his way to Manchester City at the end of the season if recent reports are to be trusted – and as Guus Hiddink won’t likely be considered a long-term option with the Blues – maybe Chelsea might have to cast their analytical eye over Benitez one way or another.
Another unlikely destination for Rafa Benitez next season could arguably arrive in the form of Manchester United. Whilst the Old Trafford faithful haven’t exactly proven sympathetic to the former Anfield favourite in the past, the current uncertainty surrounding Louis van Gaal could possibly change things by the end of the season.
Benitez plays a brand of football that is far more entertaining than anything achieved by van Gaal this term after all. As Rafa also knows his way around a club competition or two, perhaps United’s chances of winning some much needed silverware once again, would certainly improve with the experienced Spaniard on board.
Whilst Alan Curtis has seemingly been told to hold down proceedings in the Liberty Stadium dug-out throughout the remainder of the current campaign, Swansea are another side who will likely be on the lookout for a new manager in the summer. Rafa Benitez could therefore represent the ideal man for the Swans with all things fairly taken into account.
Yes, the recently fired Real Madrid manager isn’t well versed among clubs operating within Swansea’s level in the Premier League, and he would have to work his scouts that little bit harder in order to find genuine value for money in the transfer market – but with a little bit of luck – these two parties really could work out well together at some stage down the line.
The Magpies obviously go down as another unlikely move for the 55-year-old tactician on the surface of course – yet if some recent murmurings are to be believed this season – Newcastle United seemingly represent the bookies’ favourite destination for Rafa Benitez in 2015/16.
It would prove an extremely bold move at best should it eventually take place however, and considering the current state Newcastle reluctantly find themselves in with Steve McClaren precariously at the helm, surely Rafa would be mad to take on such a risk at this telling stage in his career.
Going from the lofty heights of the Bernabeu, to the rain-trodden turf down at relegation threated St. James’ would nonetheless prove some transition for Benitez to say the very least!
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