Rafa Benitez Specials on Sky Bet

Rafa Benitez Specials on Sky Bet

What will Rafa Benitez do next?

Although it was assumed by a lot of football fans that Newcastle United would eventually offer a contract extension to Rafa Benitez, the Magpies’ manager was given no choice but to leave the club despite overachieving during his three years in the North East. Paddy Power were quick to price up next Newcastle United manager odds in order to allow punters to predict the club’s next man at the helm, and Sky Bet are now doing the same for Rafa Benitez, where they’ve priced up a handful of potential next destinations.

The situation revolving around Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez has been an interesting one for several months, with the issue of the club’s owner Mike Ashley refusing to invest in transfers looking like one of the main problems. Reports of the Magpies moving closer to being purchased by a new owner offered some hope of retaining Benitez, but with no deal put in place before the Spaniard’s contract ran out, fans of the club had to accept the fact that Mike Ashley was making no effort with extending his deal as head coach.

We’ve questioned whether Rafa Benitez would leave Newcastle United if they were relegated and if he’d consider managing Liverpool derby rivals Everton, but with his time officially up at St James’ Park, it’s now hard to determine exactly what his next move is.

The option of Rafa Benitez moving to China is handed an extremely short price

Forcing his way into the public eye with Valencia in 2001, Rafa Benitez won two La Liga titles and the 2004 UEFA Cup before moving to Liverpool, where he won the Champions League, an FA Cup, an FA Community Shield, and the UEFA Super Cup, becoming a club legend in the process. His time in Merseyside came to an end in 2010, where he had a disappointing short stint at Inter Milan, bouncing back in impressive style in 2012 by leading Chelsea to a Europa League win.

Prior to the arrival of Maurizio Sarri, Rafa Benitez started a new era at Napoli, prompting his dream move to Real Madrid, where he was upsettingly only given a few months at the club before being sacked. His return to football with Newcastle United saw him doing more than expected in the North East, getting them to seal immediate promotion back to the Premier League, and finishing in reputable places despite barely being backed in the transfer market. It would be completely against his character to drop every other recognised club in order to manage in a big-money country like China, but Sky Bet clearly see that as being where his future lies, pricing Any Chinese Super League Club at 1/5.

It’s easy to believe that the next Chelsea manager will be Derby County boss Frank Lampard, but Benitez is second favourite, priced at 6/1 to take on the role for a second time, where he’d also be replacing Maurizio Sarri for the second time. The only option before odds move to less convincing levels is the option of becoming next Spain manager at 10/1. It would be far easier to imagine Rafa Benitez continuing his career in club management, but with Luis Enrique stepping down from his role for personal reasons, he would fit the criteria to replace him.

Rafa Benitez Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez exceeded expectations at Newcastle United, leaving fans of the club furious at the owner for letting him go so easily.

Rafa Benitez Next Job Odds

(All odds taken from Sky Bet)

Any Chinese Super League Club – 1/5

Chelsea – 6/1

Spain National Team – 10/1

Barcelona – 12/1

PSG – 14/1

Any MLS Club – 16/1

Crystal Palace – 20/1

Monaco – 20/1

Bayern Munich – 25/1

Arsenal – 33/1

Manchester United – 33/1

England – 40/1

Real Madrid – 40/1

Could Rafa Benitez make a u-turn and start next season at Newcastle United?

Another bizarre turn of events could result in Rafa Benitez moving back to Newcastle United. As Paddy Power specialise in novelty markets, they’ve come up with a new market based around the slim chance of him being Magpies manager at the start of the 2019/20 Premier League season. A theory around this has come out of thin air after fans of the club clutched at straws in considering how he could be brought back if the club is sold by Mike Ashley before the start of next season.

If this is the case, it’s likely that his new owners would see the light and want to keep Rafa Benitez long-term, which would also appease their many disappointed fans. As the market has only opened, him not returning to Newcastle is priced at 1/9, with the option of him being Magpies boss at the start of next season priced at 13/1.

Rafa Benitez Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez encapsulated the spirit of Newcastle United, connecting with the fans instantly. His return would be welcomed with open arms.

Will Rafa Benitez be in charge of Newcastle on the 9th of August 2019?

(All odds taken from Paddy Power)

No – 1/9

Yes – 13/1

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