Former Newcastle United player Micky Quinn expects Rafa Benitez to leave if club are relegated

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The Spaniard has been linked with a move to the Spanish national team at the end of the season.

Newcastle United currently find themselves in a serious relegation fight in the Premier League. Defeat to Norwich City at the weekend leaves them looking likely to be on their way down to the second tier.

Most of the damage was done during Steve McClaren’s reign with the club. Newcastle eventually decided to switch things up and replaced him with Rafa Benitez at the start of March.

But the Spaniard has not earned his first win at Newcastle yet and it seems they might be on their way out of the top-flight.

If that does happen, many will be thinking that Rafa is on his way out as well.

He has been linked with the Spanish national team job this week and not many see him sticking around if Newcastle do drop a tier.

One person who thinks he will be on his way is Micky Quinn. He spent three years at St James Park and he feels Benitez will not stick around in the Championship.

He told The Chronicle:

“Rafa was Real Madrid boss just a few months ago, and he would be brilliant for the Spanish national side.

“If Newcastle do go down, I fully expect Rafa to walk away - and understandably so. I would expect him to and wouldn’t begrudge him that.

“This is a top-level manager we are talking about here; he doesn’t want to be traipsing to all the grounds in the Championship when he could be managing Spain or a European club giant.

“That’s not to say I don’t believe he can keep Newcastle up though, I genuinely think he can.”

If Newcastle are relegated it would probably be for the best if Rafa did depart.

It is not clear how he would handle himself in the Championship and Newcastle might need to bring in a manager with more experience in the Football League if they are to get themselves back to the Premier League.

Hopefully, as far as Newcastle fans are concerned, he can pull off a feat and keep them in the Premier League.

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