Rafa Benitez’s current contract with Newcastle United is due to come to an end at the end of the season.
Since taking over the Magpies in 2016, the Spaniard has done an impressive job amidst the continual miss-management of the club by owner Mike Ashley.
Benitez has previously openly criticized his club’s board for not backing him sufficiently in the transfer market. The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss may well attract offers from clubs who can offer him better prospects as well as more backing in the transfer market. He may have a mixed reputation in footballing circles but there are not many with his current level of experience.
Prior to taking over Newcastle, Benitez was the butt of jokes from many football fans. However, he has to be credited for the way that he has stuck with Newcastle over the past three years in spite of having to work with Ashley. There are not many elite managers in world football who would have stuck with the Toon Army has long has he has for the past few years.
Ashley has after all been claiming that the club has been on sale for the past few years but seemingly never seems to find a buyer.
The following are some managers which the Magpies must consider if Benitez ends up leaving them. They will have to consider their next appointment very wisely especially if Ashley remains as owner of the club. Under, Ashley’s ownership, the club’s performances on the field can be described as schizophrenic. They can play decent football at times and at other times play football which one would expect from a League One side. If Benitez leaves, the next appointment will have be well thought out or the club could find themselves in the relegation scrap, again.
Moore is arguably one of the best young English managers. Following the sacking of Alan Pardew towards the end of the 2017-18 season, the 40-year-old was appointed as manager of West Bromwich Albion on an interim basis. When he took charge of the Baggies, they were already virtually relegated from the Premier League. However, they played an impressive brand of football under him and Moore even managed to scoop the Premier League manager of the month award for April though he could not save the club from the drop.
He was given the managerial post at the club on a full-time basis as a reward for his achievements. It is always a difficult task to manage a club which gets relegated due to the structural changes which take place. Moore was rather surprisingly sacked by West Brom in March in spite of the club sitting fourth on the Championship standings.
It seems like a rather foolish decision by the Baggies and some even asked “what Moore could he have done?”
Allardyce’s teams may not play the most attractive of football but if one thing is certain, he is a master at keeping team’s afloat in the Premier League. He will be a safer option than hiring someone with no Premier League experience.
If the Magpies board know for a fact that they will not be able to sufficiently back their next manager if Benitez leaves, they may as well consider Allardyce as making a wrong choice in this case could lead to disastrous consequences.
Big Sam’s previous stint with Newcastle between 2007-08 may not have ended well but he likely will be willing to take charge of them if they meet his salary demands. He after all did come out of retirement to manage Everton in 2017 after they agreed to pay him what he wanted and gave him a two-year contract.
To be frank, he probably knew that the club only saw him as a short-term option but wanted a long-term deal to ensure that he got a big pay-out.
After guiding Huddersfield Town to Premier League promotion via the promotion playoff-final during the 2016-17 season, Wagner performed nothing short of a miracle by keeping the club in the Premier League.
Nearly everyone was expecting Town to be relegated last term, but they defied the odds. Things may have not gone according to plan for the Terriers this season and Wagner may have been sacked but he cannot really be faulted for what happened to them especially considering the resources which he had at his disposal.
If we do know one thing, it is that Wagner can thrive even if limited resources are made available to him. For this reason, Newcastle should consider appointing him as their manager should Benitez leave.