The 58-year-old was frustrated with the lack of money at his disposal to bring in new players, and there was also the proposed takeover from Amanda Staveley that never went through. So speculation was rife about his future, particularly during the difficult moments towards the start of the season.
He is now just over two years deep into his Newcastle project and he has done a sterling job getting the club promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and finishing 10th last term.
Following the news that Julen Lopetegui will become the next manager of Real Madrid, the Daily Express has reported that Benitez is being 'seriously considered' as his successor.
At the moment, the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss looks like he won't be getting an awful lot to spend this summer again at St. James' Park, and so some Newcastle supporters are of the opinion that if Spain did indeed come calling, then they wouldn't really be able to complain. Others, aren't buying it.
Here are some of those responses:
I wouldn’t blame him. Go for it Rafa and come back home when Ashley is gone and we can start to work in the right way with the right investments.— Kim Marius Olsen (@kmolsen26) 13 June 2018
This was always going to be the case...wouldnt blame him either, being pissed about by that fat Kernt #NUFC— Paul Kershaw (@PaulKershaw79) 13 June 2018
Not a chance that would happen. Doesn’t fit their style at all— Michael Cantwell (@mickycantwell) 13 June 2018
I just can’t imagine him as an international manager. Too hands-on. Too obsessed with training. I hope I’m right.— Tony Brannon (@TonyBrannon) 13 June 2018