It was announced on Tuesday that Spain manager Julen Lopetegui had been appointed as the new Real Madrid boss, and Newcastle United fans have been quick to react to the prospect of Rafa Benitez being in contention to replace him, a rumour reported by the Daily Express on Wednesday morning.
The Daily Express says that the Magpies chief will be “under serious consideration” for the role having previously managed Real and Liverpool, and having been linked with the job before Lopetegui got it in 2016.
The 58-year-old’s future at St James’ Park is still far from certain as he waits to be backed in the transfer market by owner Mike Ashley before committing his future to the Tyneside outfit, with his current deal due to expire next summer.
Newcastle supporters, who have been quick to react to a big development on a striker target with one saying “Charnley is on it lads”, took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one said it “will be peak NUFC if that happens”, another said “I just can’t imagine him as an international manager”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
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) June 13, 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) June 13, 2018
Not a chance that would happen. Doesn’t fit their style at all
— Michael Cantwell (@mickycantwell) June 13, 2018
Don’t blame him
— Dave84 ????nufc southwest Mag (@dave6869) June 13, 2018
He isn’t going anywhere yet the current boss doesn’t join real madrid till after the world cup they may have to employ an interim till next may unless they throw £6million at ashley
— Shaun Patrick Watson (@shawnwatson5) June 13, 2018
Benitez to Spain come start of July, and we start pre-season in tatters. Will be peak #NUFC if that happens.
— Joshua Pearce (@Pearcey_90) June 12, 2018