Former Premier League defender Danny Mills believes Newcastle United will attempt to get a “sexier” manager than former Magpies boss Rafa Benitez, describing him as “pragmatic”.
This comes as the Tyneside club are on the brink of being taken over by a consortium fronted by Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers, with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund set to take 80% take in the club.
As a result of being unable to agree to a new contract, Benitez left the Magpies last summer and signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.
Speaking to Football Insider, Mills explained why Newcastle can do better than Benitez if the takeover goes through.
Will Rafa Benitez return to St James’ Park?
“When you look at the brand of football Benitez plays – it is not the most exciting on the planet”, he said.
“If you have new owners coming in it could be an opportunity. What is he on in China? About £25million? That is a big chunk of cash to fork out on a manager that does not play sexy football.
“Yes, he is an incredibly good manager but he is pragmatic. He will be successful but I wonder if they might want to go for somebody younger. Someone that is going to have that wow factor instantly.”
Mills went on to say that it would be a gamble bringing Benitez back and that everyone knows what to expect with the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss at the wheel.
These are bizarre comments from Mills. Benitez, who brought the club back into the Premier League at the first time of asking in 2017, completely repairing the damage that was caused by Steve McLaren, in what looked like an impossible job to fix.
I’m not what sort of pedestal he thinks Newcastle United stand on, but we are about to enter a critical stage in our club’s history, and what better man to lead us into the new regime than Rafa himself.
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