Could the former Liverpool and Chelsea manager take over Newcastle United?
David Ginola suggested on The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (February 19) that Newcastle United should not change their manager.
Steve McClaren is the current head coach of Newcastle at the moment, but the Englishman has come under pressure due to the team’s poor results this season.
When asked if Rafael Benitez could become the new Magpies’ boss, former Newcastle attacker Ginola said: "You might get in the near future, two, three, four or five names to replace Steve McClaren, but there has been too many change of managers in recent years.
"That’s probably the problem at Newcastle right now and in the past. I always talk about the same thing: stability. You need to pick one (manager) and trust one."
Benitez is a very good manager and has Premier League experience with Liverpool and Chelsea. The 55-year-old won the FA CUp and the Champions League with the Reds, and clinched the Europa League during his spell at the Blues.
However, the Spaniard, who was recently sacked as the Real Madrid coach, is not suited to Newcastle.
The Magpies are struggling for survival in the Premier League at the moment, and Benitez is not a manager who has experience of handling such a team.
The 55-year-old’s previous clubs, Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Napoli and Madrid, were all fighting for top honours when Benitez was in charge.
Moreover, having recently managed the world’s biggest club, Benitez would probably not been inclined to take over a team who could find themselves in the Championship next season.