Former TalkSPORT pundit Stan Collymore believes Rafa Benitez will more than likely walk at the end of the season, even if he keeps us up, explaining how he will have ‘five or six premium jobs’ he could walk into if he left Newcastle United.
Collymore will never be popular with NUFC fans after scoring THAT goal that killed Kevin Keegan’s dream at Anfield that night, however his work as a pundit doesn’t get much better as far as most Newcastle supporters are concerned.
He may be right here to an extent, with Benitez having every night to consider his NUFC future if Mike Ashley and his antics showed no sign of budging this summer, however it’s a grim thought that he could put all this work into staying up, only to see Benitez packs his bags soon after.
Here’s what Collymore has had to say on Benitez’s situation:
“It wouldn’t at all surprise me if he keeps them in the league, but then he walks and he says: ‘Right, I’ve had enough.’ Because, with the greatest of respect to Newcastle, there are probably five or six premium jobs that are going to be going, – whether it be at international or club level – that he would walk into with his CV.
“But I do think that he’s been bitten by the Newcastle bug – he wants to do well by the club and I think he’ll do that by putting a team together that fights very much to the end of the season.
“I’ve seen a lot of games now this season, theres certainly four, five, six, or maybe seven teams that are worse than Newcastle.
“They’re starting to get one or two results, notably the Man United result, so I think he’ll keep them up and he’ll say: ‘Have we got any money to spend? Is Mike Ashley staying? Is he committed? Is a new owner going to come in?’
“If the answer is no to any of those questions, [he’ll say]: ‘Thank you, it’s been a good couple of years – but I’m off.’”
“I could see Rafa Benitez going back somewhere in Spain,”
“I think there are big jobs in Spain, in Italy, maybe even Germany that he’d fancy going, he’d probably even be tempted by one of the big French clubs.
What do you make of this folks? Will Rafa walk away even if he kept us up this season?