Paddy Kenny has made an enticing Newcastle United claim involving former manager Rafa Benitez.
The Lowdown: Benitez to Everton?
As per The Times, Benitez has held further talks with Everton over the vacant manager’s job left by Carlo Ancelotti, and remains in pole position to become their next coach.
Should Benitez return to Newcastle?
However, Liam Kennedy, who has been following the Magpies takeover saga closely, has also claimed that Benitez is wanted by the potential owners-in-waiting to return to St. James’ Park, as he helped bring them to the table in the first place.
The Latest: Kenny on Benitez
Speaking to Football Insider, Kenny, who is now a pundit after a fine career in English football as a goalkeeper, has claimed that Benitez should be holding out for a job in the North East instead of the Toffees, assuming that the proposed takeover deal between Mike Ashley and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) group can be pushed through:
“It wouldn’t be the right choice at all, for me.
“It makes more sense to hold out and go to Newcastle over Everton.
“If they do get a takeover, that club will go places because it’s a massive club with passionate fans.
“I’m sure he’d do well at Newcastle again and there wouldn’t be all this hoo-ha about the fans protesting.
“Why have that cloud over you when you’ve got the chance to go to somewhere like Newcastle?”
The Verdict: Hire Benitez
If the takeover bid does eventually go through, then there would be no better man to hire on Tyneside than Benitez.
Many members of the Toon Army have previously called for the Spaniard to come back, and so he would certainly be a popular appointment, and a man that they can rally and get behind.
Benitez also has a vast amount of experience in managing in the Premier League, with both Liverpool and Chelsea in addition to NUFC, and so he should have no problems in handling a likely dramatically increased transfer budget if the takeover was successful.
Nonetheless, if a deal with Everton does fall through, then the 61-year-old will still be available for Newcastle to hire.
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