Rafa Benitez linked with Spanish national team job

Despite only being in charge of Newcastle for a month, the manager is being touted for another role.

Rafa Benitez linked with Spanish national team job
Could Benitez replace Del Bosque? Photo source: Elenganche

Rafa Benitez hasn't had the easiest of starts at Newcastle United and may even have a new job role lined up if he fails to keep the Magpies in the top flight.

Name check

As much as Benitez hasn't been offered a new job yet, current Spain boss and fellow countryman, Vicente Del Bosque, has stated that the 55-year-old would make an ideal replacement as manager of the national team.

Del Bosque worked alongside Benitez many years ago at Real Madrid and, speaking to Estudio Estadio, has labelled him a "great manager". The veteran plans to step down as national team manager after this summer's European Championships.

Del Bosque also mentioned the names of Everton manager Roberto Martinez and former Porto coach Julen Lopetegui when speaking about possible replacements.

Will Benitez go?

Benitez will undoubtedly be flattered with his name being touted for the role of his country's next manager but he has Newcastle to focus on for the time being.

The Spaniard has a three year deal on Tyneside but a relegation release clause is likely to be activated if Benitez fails to secure Premier League survival.

Newcastle board member Bob Moncur has reportedly tried to persuade Benitez to stay on as manager, even if the club are relegated.

It's hardly been smooth-sailing for Benitez on his Premier League return so far. (Photo: Sky Sports)
It's hardly been smooth-sailing for Benitez on his Premier League return so far. (Photo: Sky Sports)

Survival mission

Newcastle's must-win game against Norwich City at the weekend ended in despair after a late Martin Olsson goal meant the Canaries snatched all three points and moved six points ahead of their opponents.

Benitez must now take his troops to battle at St Mary's this weekend knowing another defeat, coupled with a Norwich win when they face Crystal Palace, will surely see his side too far adrift in the fight for survival.

Benitez stated earlier this week that he was turning to the 'senior' players in Newcastle's squad, in the hope of turning the club's fortunes around. This potentially means younger players such as Rolando Aarons have played their last games this season.