Spain are set to seriously consider Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez as an option to be their new manager, according to the Northern Echo.
The newspaper state that the Magpies are prepared for more uncertainty surrounding the future of Benitez after it emerged that he was a candidate to take over his nation’s team following the World Cup.
The Northern Echo suggest that the role could be an enticing one to Benitez as he has previously admitted that he wouldn’t mind managing Spain in an October interview.
“If I do well here, then maybe; and if not, obviously, the national team won’t happen,” said the manager to Marca as he refused to close the door on the idea of managing his nation.
“Let’s see what happens in a few years.”
The allure of managing of your nation is one that will surely be tempting to Benitez if the offer came along. However Magpies supporters have been here before when West Ham appeared to be prepared to offer Benitez a way out of St James Park. While the Spain job is a way more enticing prospect for Benitez than the Hammers could ever dream of being, it seems likely that the Magpies hold all the cards when it comes to keeping their manager. The club’s hierarchy just need to show that they share his ambitious vision for the club and Benitez would simply sign a new deal to end any doubts about where his future lies. Hopefully the Magpies do this sooner rather than later as after current Spain boss Julen Lopetegui revealed he was going to step down from being Spain’s manager in order to take over Real Madrid, there is an opening in a position that would no doubt test Benitez’s loyalties.