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Losing Benitez is a big blow for Newcastle

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 24 Jun 2019

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Newcastle head coach Rafa Benitez will leave the Magpies on the 30th June, when his current contract with the north east club expires. Reports can Sky Sports claim that Chinese club Dalian Yifang have offered the Spaniard the chance to become the highest paid boss in the Chinese Super League.

Money not the main reason for Benitez leaving

Newcastle and Benitez’s representatives have been in talks over a new. However, the Magpies claim that a deal could not be reached to extend the Spaniard contract in the north east.

Rafa Benitez seems to like Newcastle as a city and a football club. The comparisons between Newcastle and Liverpool are definitely valid. However, Benitez at the moment is too good for the Magpies.

That is no disrespect to the club or the fans. They are superb, but it’s the club’s owner Mike Ashley that does not deserve Benitez running his asset. The businessman has made no secret of the fact that he is attempting to sell the club.

There was talk of a takeover recently, but I am not sure what sort of stage that is at the minute. I have the feeling that if Benitez believed that the takeover was close, he would have stayed.

I don’t think Benitez’s main reason for not signing a new deal is that he was not getting enough wages. However, with Ashley, you cannot rule out anything. I think the more obvious reason is that the Magpies chief has refused to back him in the transfer market.

They are not going to get a better boss than Benitez

The problem that Newcastle have now is attempting to replace the Spaniard. The Magpies will not get a better boss than Benitez, especially when the club are not prepared to back a boss in the transfer market.

It was a surprise when Benitez decided to join Newcastle and it is crazy that he has stayed at the north east club with such little backing when it comes to recruitment. The Spaniard has done well to keep the Magpies out of the relegation zone with the resources he has had at his disposal.

The biggest surprise is that he stayed at the club under such difficult circumstances. I am sure that the Toon Army would have forgiven him if he would have left earlier. Unfortunately for them, with Ashley still owner, the club are never going to thrive in the Premier League.

He needs to thank the departing boss for keeping Newcastle in the Premier League over the last few seasons. If the Spaniard was not have been at the north east club for the last few years, would they really have been playing top-flight?

Who next for Newcastle?

The favourite to become next Newcastle boss is Mikel Arteta at odds of 5/1. Interestingly, former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is amongst the favourites for the role.

I doubt Mourinho would go anywhere near Newcastle under the current regime. He would want a transfer kitty and it’s doubtful that Mike Ashley is willing to back any boss in the transfer market. The likes of Garry Monk and Eddie Howe are also high in the betting.

Arteta would be an interesting one. The former Everton midfielder is currently the assistant manager at Manchester City under the great Pep Guardiola. No doubt he has picked up a lot off the Catalan boss.

However, he has no managerial experience. Newcastle with their current squad will be a difficult job next season. The fact that they finished mid-table twice under Benitez is a testament to the Spaniard’s managerial acumen.

Next season they could be in big trouble. It will be tough for the next Newcastle boss. I have a feeling that Mike Ashley may soon regret not backing Benitez in the transfer market.

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David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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