Rafa Benitez may have already planned his escape route from Newcastle


Newcastle United are in dire need of wins in coming weeks if they want to avoid relegation this season. Rafa Benitez was brought to the club with hopes of winning their games against Sunderland and Norwich to guarantee safety, however, that plan has backfired badly for The Magpies.

Despite Newcastle’s torrid situation, Benitez has a getaway clause in his contract which would allow him to walk away even if the club is relegated this season. Having seen recent developments in the league, I feel Benitez may have already planned his next move.

Among many probable destinations for Benitez, he would ideally be managing Everton next season than any other Premier League club. The Toffees are rumoured to go through a big money takeover and as things stand, Roberto Martinez is not looking like the man cut for the job.

Earlier in the week, Leighton Baines came out suggesting that club and the manager are not in sync in terms of the strategies at the moment. Baines said: “I just don’t feel as though the chemistry is quite there with the team on the pitch at the moment, and it hasn’t been for a while.”

Everton’s squad strength has been the best in recent seasons but still they are set to suffer their worst league finish for over a decade which is not a healthy sign for Martinez. Benitez has a managerial pedigree after having managed the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Napoli in recent times.

Although his Real Madrid stint turned out to be a failure, he will still be a big attraction for the owners at Goodison Park. His Newcastle failure may go down as lack of quality at St. James Park and it would certainly not stop Everton from hiring the Spaniard next season.

At this moment, Benitez has a free run with Newcastle where regardless of the end-season results we will see Rafa join the more lucrative offer. At present that looks to be coming from an ambitious Everton side hoping for a better 2016/17 campaign.