For one reason or another, Real Madrid look all but certain to fire Carlo Ancelotti as soon as the current season comes to a close — if not before.
[ MORE: Ancelotti — Will he stay or will he go? ]
Upon doing so, they will almost certainly replace the five-time UEFA Champions League/European Cup winner (as player and manager) with someone vastly less qualified and suited for the managerial job of arguably the world’s biggest club.
It appears, according to multiple reports out of Spain and Italy, that man will be Rafael Benitez, former manager of Liverpool and current at Napoli. As I said, less qualified and suited to manage a club the size of Real Madrid.
On Thursday, Benitez’s agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon, was quoted as saying Benitez “would be truly happy to manage Real Madrid one day.”
Quilon, on Benitez’s desire to on day manage Real, from the Daily Mail:
“At the moment there is nothing. Rafa was a Real Madrid player, he is from Madrid and was a coach of their B team, so I doubt anyone would be unhappy with that history. I am not inside his head, but I think he would be truly happy to manage Real Madrid one day.”
Alert to Real president Florentino Perez: you do not have to fire and hire a new manager every summer — or, even every two summers. Failing to win a trophy in a season is also not an automatically fireable offense. You will likely finish four points off this year’s La Liga title and advanced to the Champions League semifinals.
I know, “you’re Real Madrid, you demand titles” and all that. It’s that nature of entitlement that will cause you to downgrade (perhaps severely) your manager before next season, and…guess what…probably finish further off the pace of what is a truly special Barcelona side that will probably claim an impressive treble in two weeks’ time.