Benitez won’t rule out Liverpool or Spain jobs

Rafael Benitez

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says he won’t rule out one day coaching Spain or making a return to Liverpool, should he enjoy continued success with the Magpies.

The Spaniard, who signed a three-year deal with the Tynesiders in March 2016, led the club back to the Premier League at the first attempt after being relegated at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

Benitez’s side have made a superb start to the new season and currently lie seventh in the table with 14 points, just two behind Chelsea in fourth position.

Nonetheless, the well-travelled 57-year-old says he can’t rule out coaching his national team in future, or taking the reins at Anfield once again.

During a six-year stint with the Reds, he won four trophies including most notably the UEFA Champions League in 2005.

“If I do well here, then maybe. If not, the national team won’t happen. Let’s see what happens in a few years. And the same in relation to Liverpool,” Benitez told Marca.

Despite success with the likes of the Reds, Valencia, Inter Milan, Chelsea and Napoli in a close to 25-year managerial career, Benitez has yet to be handed the opportunity to coach La Furia Roja.