Rafa’s Next Job
But there is clearly a downside to Benitez’s success on the pitch. Whilst he is tactically astute and understands the importance of building a solid defensive unit, he seems to be from the outset notoriously hard to please. And, as was not the case at Inter, he demands large transfer funds as he looks to transform teams. More worryingly, however, he is renowned for not only falling out with fellow managers but has also fallen out with senior figures internally at Valencia, Liverpool and Inter Milan. But who else could do a better job at Aston Villa?
The club have been linked with numerous other managers. Whilst the likes of Mark Hughes, Sam Allardyce, Martin Jol and Paul Lambert are often linked with the club, it seems David Moyes is one of the bookies’ favourites. Admittedly he has done a great job at Everton and delivered a top four finish on a modest budget in 2005, but could he really bring success to Villa Park?
Randy Lerner must think long and hard about who, if anyone, should succeed Gerrard Houllier at Aston Villa and what he personally is willing to put into the club. Benitez himself is someone who could bring great success to the club but surely this would be at a cost. Benitez is very much a revolutionary manager who would look to reform the club with great investment. But, bearing in mind the significant January outlay in Darren Bent, if he is unable to back future managers in the same way then perhaps the likes of David Moyes, if available, would be a much better option.
Article courtesy of Football FanCast