Just days after leaving his role as Newcastle United manager, Rafa Benitez will be now walking the touchlines of the Chinese Super League.
Tony Cascarino has hit out at Rafa Benitez for going to the Chinese Super League after leaving Newcastle United last Sunday.
Benitez’s opted against signing a new deal with the club, as he referenced the club’s lack of ambition, as one of the reasons behind leaving.
But not long after his departure from St James’ Park, he has decided to join Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang despite his recent qualms about Mike Ashley’s lack of desire to push forward.
Former Republic of Ireland international wasn’t having Benitez’s decision to move to China because he feels it ‘waters down’ his argument against Ashley.
“I’m disappointed that a Champions League-winning manager and a Spanish league winner going to manage in China,” Cascarino told TalkSport. “We know he’s made a hell of a lot of money in football over the last 20 odd years as a manager, and rightly so. I don’t believe Newcastle’s offer wasn’t anything short of decent, a lot of money and a lot of incentives within the contract.
“I’m sure Newcastle pushed the boat out to make Rafa the highest paid manager they’ve probably had in their history. But to turn around and say they didn’t have the same vision and then go to China, I think you’ve just watered down your argument.
“If he went to Paris Saint-Germain, I would have understood totally. The project in France in trying to make them Champions League winners, I get that, and I would say the same for many other clubs, but not to China.”
There’s no doubt that if Benitez wanted to then he could land another Premier League job, or any other top-flight job in Europe.
Given the sacking rate across Europe, and in particular, in the Premier League, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a fairly big job become available around Christmas.
If that were to happen then there’s no doubt that Benitez’s name would have been mentioned, but now he’ll be looking to try and ply his trade in an unknown environment.