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

3 responses to “Rafa’s Next Job”

  1. Amit says:

    I think you are a bit off in your assessmend of Rafa’s relationships with the various teams. At Valencia, he brought them great success but they still did not back him in the transfer market. At Liverpool he brought a lot of success and stability but his reign coincided with that of the idiot Americans and he again was not supported as Kenny is being supported now. At Inter was a bit more tricky. Yes he couldn’t get the most out of the squad that was built to play a different way and succeeded. Any manager is going to have trouble somewhere or the other (as was the case with Kenny and Newcastle). I am very happy to have Kenny in charge but I feel Rafa has been treated unfairly by the media and the likes of you.

  2. wazio says:

    if he was brittish he would never been treated like that

  3. DDDD says:

    Amit, Spot on!!