Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly looking into the possibility of appointing a former Real Madrid coach as their manager next season.
Following the sack of Jose Mourinho, Tottenham Hotspur announced former midfielder, Ryan Mason, as the interim manager for the remainder of this season. Spurs are currently placed seventh on the league table with three games remaining and are highly unlikely to qualify for European football next season.
The Evening Standard has claimed that Tottenham have shortlisted former Real Madrid manager, Rafa Benitez to take over the club next season once this season ends. Benitez was last in charge of Newcastle United in the Premier League before taking over Dalian Professional in the Chinese Super League.
The Spanish coach’s possible appointment could cause an uproar amongst the fans given how Benitez’s managerial career has declined over the years.
At Real Madrid, he was sacked mid-season after failing to perform against top-sides, which included a 0-4 thrashing at home against Barcelona. His return to the Premier League after taking charge of Newcastle United in 2016 had not much to write home about after the Magpies were relegated in the same season.
From a tactical standpoint of view, the 61-year-old’s defensive approach certainly will not work with Tottenham Hotspur. His appointment would be no different than that of Jose Mourinho which eventually ended with a mid-season sacking after the players and supporters were frustrated with the constant defensive football.
Spurs currently have a sub-standard defence and Benitez’s tactics would only work provided the club spend a huge sum in the transfer market to sign defenders that can fit in his system. In other words, Benitez is not the ideal manager for Tottenham to consider.
Rafa Benitez has not been the same tactical genius he once was at Liverpool where he won the UEFA Champions League in 2005. However, his spells at Chelsea and Napoli were arguably successful, but since taking over Real Madrid, it has always been an uphill battle for the Spaniard wherever he has been.