Celtic legend and TV pundit Charlie Nicholas has been having a thing or two to say about Brendan Rodgers this week. Some have suggested the Celtic boss could be on his way out of Parkhead soon, with the club struggling to provide him with the transfer clout to operate effectively.
Somewhat ironically considering the preceding reason, Rodgers was backed to become manager of Mike Ashley’s frugal Newcastle United by ‘Champagne’ Charlie.
Rafa Benitez is also being tipped to eventually lose patience with his position and Nicholas believes Rodgers would be the perfect replacement.
But here’s an idea?
If Rodgers does leave and Benitez is available, would the Spaniard be the perfect replacement at Paradise?
At nearly every club he has been at, bar Chelsea and Inter Milan, Benitez has been universally admired by his fans.
“It looks as if the relationship between Brendan and Peter Lawwell is broken. He is a top manager and there would be no shortage of clubs who would be keen to land him if he was to indicate he wanted to leave Celtic Park.”
“Clubs with big potential like Leicester City or Newcastle United could become available, or something even bigger.”
The list of clubs he has managed is also impressive. Valencia, Liverpool, Real Madrid, and Napoli. All of these clubs have vociferous support, so handling the Parkhead faithful would be in his wheelhouse.
His record needs little explanation. Benitez has two La Liga titles, an FA Cup, Championship, Europa League and Champions League winners medals in his cabinet.
Such prestige has not been in the hotseat at Celtic for some time but it would surely be a challenge the Spaniard would relish. Setting up a rivalry with his former inspirational captain Steven Gerrard at Old Firm rivals Rangers, it would be a dream appointment.
If Rodgers were to end up at Newcastle, then the man he replaces would be the perfect appointment for Celtic.