Jamie Carragher makes a confident comment about Rafael Benitez

Rafa Benitez 02

Rafael Benitez is in charge of Newcastle United at the moment.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has predicted in The Daily Mail that Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez will not get a job at a top-six club in the Premier League.

Benitez was appointed the Newcastle boss earlier this month following the dismissal of Steve McClaren.

The Spaniard’s priority at the moment is to make sure that the Magpies retain their Premier League status for next season.

Many observers will suggest that Benitez will eventually leave St. James’ Park and manage a bigger club.

Former England international defender Carragher, who worked with Benitez at Liverpool, does not believe that the former Real Madrid coach will get a managerial job at one of the top six clubs in the Premier League.

“The potential is there if he can turn it around,” Carragher wrote in The Daily Mail. “Newcastle are the 17th richest club in world football with the potential to earn even more next season when the new television deal kicks in. They could possibly be taking players away from clubs like Benfica and Porto this summer.

“So the attraction is obvious. As it stands, he has no chance of getting a job with one of the top six clubs in England. He is basically an interim manager but if he succeeds in his task, things will have to change at Newcastle. He will want control over all football matters. He won’t be just after a quick fix.”

Benitez has managed big clubs such as Liverpool, Inter Milan and Madrid, and it seems somewhat odd to suggest that he will not get a job at a top-six club in the Premier League.

On closer look, though, Carragher’s bold comment does look valid. Manchester United won’t go for Benitez because of the history between them and Liverpool.

Benitez’s style of football does not suit Arsenal at all, and neither does Tottenham Hotspur’s.

Manchester City will have Pep Guardiola in charge next season, while his former club Chelsea are unlikely to go for the Spaniard anytime soon.

Liverpool have Jurgen Klopp, West Ham United have Slaven Bilic, and Leicester City have Claudio Ranieri.

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch