Real Madrid must never hire Rafael Benitez as manager. The Spaniard, currently in charge of struggling Napoli in Serie A, has made no secret of his desire to coach at the Santiago Bernabeu and could soon be unemployed if the Italian giants fail to turn their season around.
But the job is the biggest in world football, and represents a task that could be too substantial if he is ever given the job of his dreams.
The 54-year-old guided his side to glory in the Coppa Italia last term, but after qualifying for the Champions League saw their participation in this year’s tournament end at the hands of La Liga side Atletico Bilbao.
Their start to the league season has been poor and unsteady, with Gonzalo Higuain looking a far cry from the formidable striker that led his country to the World Cup final in Brazil in the summer.
His transfer activity has also been heavily scrutinised, with summer signings Michu and Jonathan de Guzman failing to shine after arriving from Swansea City and Villarreal in the summer.
The 2-2 draw against Benitez’s former club Inter Milan at the weekend was a thriller but yet again highlighted their frailties in defence, with Roberto Mancini reportedly being eyed as a possible successor of the club hierarchy lose patience and wield the axe.
If Benitez is dismissed it would severely hamper his chances of landing the biggest job in football, with Madrid operating in managers proven at the highest level to manager the Galacticos as their disposal.
The Spaniard was sacked from Liverpool after seeing Fernando Torres begin to lose form and selling Xabi Alonso to Madrid, whilst he also failed at Inter after being entrusted with the job of ensuring continuity following departure of Jose Mourinho.
He spent a brief period at Chelsea on an interim basis after replacing Champions League winning coach Roberto Di Matteo, yet despite tasting success in the Europa League, often cut a forlorn figure and was on the receiving end of much stick from the Blues fans. Last season was a success but this term has showed his side need to improve if he is to remain in the job.
When Carlo Ancelotti does eventually leave the club the club are unlikely to even glance in the Spaniard’s direction.
Jurgen Klopp could then be available with his Borussia Dortmund side beginning to show signs of struggle, whilst Mourinho had admitted he would be open to a second spell in the Spanish capital. They have made mistakes in appointing the likes of Juande Ramos and Carlos Queiroz and would not move for a poor coach again.
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