Ian Wright has claimed that it would have been ‘interesting’ to see if Newcastle would have pushed for the now-Everton boss, Rafa Benitez, if he was available, as he told the Kelly and Wrighty Show.
In the summer, when Carlo Ancelotti made his out-of-the-blue departure from Everton to Real Madrid, the club went down the risky route of bringing Benitez, who is used to the red half of Merseyside, to the blue half of Merseyside.
Benitez’s last Premier League job was that at St James’ Park, where he was a popular figure amongst the supporters, the same can’t be said for his replacement.
With Newcastle now in the hands of fresh ownership, rumours have been flying about as to who the club will replace Steve Bruce with in the dugout.
And Wright suggested that if the takeover happened before the summer, then perhaps Benitez would be the Newcastle manager again.
“With everything that has gone on with the takeover, they have had plenty of time to sound people out,” said Wright.
“What we are going to see during the next few months is if they have done that because then people will start to fit in.
“It’s an interesting one, would they have gone back for Rafa? Maybe, at that time, we know what Rafa’s capable in the way he plays.”
In truth, in this current situation, Benitez would have been the near-perfect fit for the Magpies because he would have ticked a number of boxes.
From having managed the club before, that vast array of experience, being popular with supporters and managing big egos before.
Whilst Newcastle don’t have the latter yet, they will soon start to fill up their squad with big personalities.
And Benitez would have just added to the positive mood around the North East and helped the club progress forward.
Instead, he is now donning the colours of Everton, where he can help the club move into the Champions League places if they beat West Ham on home soil.