In recent weeks, Rafa Benitez has confirmed that he wants to return to the Premier League and it would not be a surprise to see Wolves move for the Spaniard, according to former Newcastle United defender Steve Howey.
Nuno Espirito Santo shocked the entire Premier League as he announced just two days before the club’s final game of the season, that the match against Man United would be his last as Wolves manager.
The Portuguese manager arrived from FC Porto in 2017 and managed to get Wolves out of the Championship as champions which was also his first season managing in England and after some smart signings such as Raul Jimenez and Joao Moutinho, Wolves qualified for the Europa League in their first season back in the top flight.
Since leaving Newcastle United in 2018, Benitez had been managing in China, but left earlier this year because of the COVID situation. Wolves could be a good club for the Spaniard, who’s managed 340 Premier League matches previously, according to Howey, who spoke exclusively to Football FanCast:
“I would imagine that somebody like Rafa Benitez will be inundated with offers, but whether they are offers from Premier League teams, I’m not too sure.
“It’s obviously a club that has turned around its fortunes brilliantly and they seem to be quite a well run club who appear to have some financial backing. So again, I wouldn’t disregard that idea of somebody like Rafa going there.”
There was talk of Benitez returning to Newcastle if their proposed takeover, backed by PIF, eventually got approved by the Premier League as Amanda Staveley is very fond of the Spaniard.
Wolves have traditionally had a solid defensive base since returning to the Premier League whenever Romain Saiss, Conor Coady and Willy Boly have been fit and Benitez loves to build his sides from back to front.