Rafa Benitez to Leave Newcastle
Whilst the breaking news did come as a surprise, in fairness to both parties, Benitez had stated a while ago, perhaps even as long as 12 months ago, that investment was needed in a sleeping giant of a club such as is the stature of Newcastle United.
Reading between the lines, it was clear that if the investment wasn’t there for all to see, that he wasn’t going to stay around.
Yesterday, the divorce between Rafael Benitez and Newcastle United was finalized, and the shores of the Chinese League are rumoured to be his destination, whilst he picks up on a reported $12,000,000 a year salary (double what he previously earned at Newcastle)
So, though the fans are distinctly unhappy at his departure, it may not be all doom and gloom, because, though he has gone, the rumour mill is rife with a few names that would be eager to replace him.
One of those names that refuses to simmer down is Claudio Ranieri. So although it’s been a tough few days for Newcastle fans, these rumours may bring a rare smile to Tyneside.
Ranieri took a relegation-battling Leicester side to the Premiership title just 3 years ago, before his dismissal a season later following a dissapointing season. Leciesters squad then, was pale by comparison to Newcastle’s squad today.
Bearing in mind the managers that have taken the Job in the recent past…
All of them, have, without exception, worked in incredibly tight financial circumstances, given the Toon’s board’s reputation for signing cheap, relatively unknown players.
All of them, without exception, have over delivered for Newcastle, despite asking for investment in the team, which is never forthcoming, unless it’s a ‘present’ in the form of what Newcastle’s owners see as a marquee signing. Meanwhile Mike Ashley goes off and buys ailing department stores, which ultimately fold.
None of them have been sacked and all have done a great job within the circumstances.
So up step, Ranieri, the Tinkerman in the hotseat. Can the Italian use his vast experience to take Toon to the Premiership title? Well it could happen, and undoubtedly Newcastle fans would forget about Benitez’ departure alot quicker than first anticipated.
Admittedly, its a “What if Scenario”, but in football anything’s possible.
Leave your opinions on Ranieri potentially replacing Benitez.