Spain coach name checks Rafael Benitez, Roberto Martinez as possible replacement

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The Spain manager is set to leave his role this summer.

Quoted by The Mail, Vicente del Bosque has named Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Everton boss Roberto Martinez as potential replacements when he leaves his role as Spain coach this summer.

Benitez has only been back in English football a matter of weeks, replacing axed Steve McClaren on Tyneside in March as he tries to save the club from relegation.

As it stands, it is a losing battle as the Magpies, yet to win any of their three games under the former Liverpool manager, sit 19th in the Premier League table and six points adrift of safety, though they have a game in hand. It remains to be seen if the 55-year-old, a Champions League winner, would manage a Championship club.

It has also been a trying season for the Toffees under Martinez who, despite reaching an FA Cup semi-final, has struggled to inspire Everton in the top flight as his troops sit 12th in the standings, 11 points clear of relegation but 15 adrift of the European qualification places.

The Spanish football federation is yet to name a successor to Del Bosque, who will quit his role as La Roja coach after Euro 2016, but the veteran manager named both Benitez and Martinez when asked about his replacement.

"There are many good Spanish managers - Benitez, Roberto Martinez, Julen Lopetegui (former Porto boss). Finding a new manager is very easy," he's quoted as saying by The Mail.

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