Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has claimed that Rafa Benitez will not become the new Derby County boss in “this lifetime”.
Phillip Cocu left the club last weekend and the hunt for a new manager is underway, with a string of notable names linked to the job.
With Sheikh Khaled’s £60 million takeover of the East Midlands club expected to be completed soon, some Rams fans on Twitter have highlighted Rafa Benitez as someone they’d love to see appointed.
Balague took to Twitter yesterday to rule out the Spaniard taking charge at Pride Park with a damning claim about Derby’s chances of getting him.
Ermmm. Not on this lifetime I'm afraid https://t.co/6jet30CSoq
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) November 19, 2020
The 60-year-old coach, who is currently in charge of Chinese Super League side Dalian Professional, would be a phenomenal appointment for Derby given his managerial pedigree.
In addition to steering Liverpool to their famous 2005 Champions League victory, Benitez has held previous roles at Chelsea, Real Madrid, Napoli, Inter Milan, and Valencia.
He would face a different task at Pride Park, however, with Derby bottom of the Championship and escaping relegation the first thing on their agenda.
Benitez was pressed on a potential move to Derby yesterday in an interview on BBC Radio 5Live and indicated that he would not be taking charge.
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Balague is a trusted source when it comes to most topics concerning Spanish football, players and managers, and this is a damning claim about the Championship club’s chances of landing the former Liverpool boss.
Getting someone as high-profile as Benitez would’ve been some appointment from Derby but in all honesty, it never looked likely and I don’t think anyone other than the most hopeful Rams fans have given it serious consideration.
It’s going to be very interesting to see who the incoming owners place in charge of the club, you feel that how the side gets on under the interim coaching side, which includes Wayne Rooney and Liam Rosenior, could be key.