From Real Madrid to Rotherham United. This would be the case for Rafael Benitez if he decides to stay on as Newcastle United manager.
Benitez's side were relegated from the Premier League this week, following Sunderland's 3-0 victory over Everton at the Stadium of Light. But the one question on everyone's lips on Tyneside is, will Rafa Benitez stay on as manager?
Well, the Geordie faithful certainly want him to, as who wouldn't want a Champions League winner in charge of a soon to be second-tier side.
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However, would Benitez, who 12 months ago was Real Madrid manager, really manage such a club in the Championship?
Some people will claim it's a new challenge for Benitez, and something he would love to get his teeth into. However, Lee Charnley, Newcastle's managing director, will have a lot of persuading to do. It is however thought that Charnley held 'productive' talks with Benitez on Thursday afternoon.
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First of all, Benitez must be given full control of transfers, a privilege Steve McClaren did not have. Newcastle currently have Graham Carr in charge of all coming's and going's on Tyneside. Carr earned his reputation from signings such as Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa, but his stock has drastically declined in recent years.
Also in January, when the club needed a defender desperately, he signed three midfielders and two strikers, in which three out of the four can't even make the bench. If Newcastle have any chance of returning to the promised land, Carr must go.
Benitez is already loved on Tyneside, the first manager to be seen in this light since Sir Bobby Robson was around, so could the passion from the fans be enough to keep him at St James' Park?
It's fair to say the Spaniard won't be short of offers come the summer, with Everton, Valencia, and Ajax all looking for a manager. But could Newcastle pull off one of the greatest managerial coup's ever by keeping him at the club? Only time will tell.
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