On the 19th (Korean time), Benitez appeared on the British ‘Sky Sports’ panel to analyze the matches against Liverpool and Newcastle United, and then talked about his next plan. Benitez is one of the world’s leading football coaches and has built his career with numerous prestigious clubs. Since 2001, he has been in charge of Valencia and has made his name known by winning the Spanish La Liga twice and the UEFA Cup, the predecessor of the European Football Federation (UEFA) Europa League (UEL).
He has risen to the ranks of full-fledged masters at Liverpool. Liverpool led the team for about six years, lifted the UEFA Champions League (UCL) trophy, and achieved results by maximizing the collaboration of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres. After he left Liverpool he played for several clubs. He briefly took over the Inter Milan helm and also took over as interim manager at Chelsea. He became Real Madrid manager, but it didn’t last long and he was sacked.
He resurrected at Newcastle United. He was relegated midway through the 2015-16 season, but stayed and led the promotion again. Benitez’s return was announced as he produced results in Newcastle, which had relatively little support, but he left the team in 2019 after a conflict with the board. Afterwards, he went to Dalian Pro and lived in the Chinese league, then became Everton coach in 2021 and returned to the English Premier League (EPL).
At Everton, he lost the reputation he had regained during his time at Newcastle. He was sacked after being criticized for his stubborn selection of players and tactics that were difficult to understand. He hasn’t found a new team since. Although he has a very long career as a manager, he was born in 1960 and is still a manager who can be active in the field. He is also a star coach, so many people are curious about his future destination.
Manager Benitez said, “I’ve said it many times, but the important thing is the project. Luckily, I’ve been in charge of several teams throughout my career and won championships. That’s how I can determine which projects I like or dislike. I especially like the EPL, which is the best in the world. I want to stay in Europe.” I have a big heart,” he said.
At the same time, he said, “I received offers from Korea, China, and Mexico.” Receiving an offer from Korea drew attention. Korea, which is looking for a successor to coach Paulo Bento, centered on Michael Müller, head of the National Team Strengthening Committee, coaches Jose Bordalas and Rodrigo Moreno, were on the list, but did not lead to actual appointment.
Among the mentioned Korea, China, and Mexico, Korea is the only one without a director. China has coach Li Xiaopeng, and Mexico recently hired Diego Coca. There is a movement in China to replace head coach Li Xiaopeng, but he has not yet laid down the leadership of the national team. 먹튀검증
Director Benitez, who talked about the offer he received, said, “I want a project to do with my experience. I have the ability to create something. It’s not a three-week project, but a three-year project. Taking on a three-week project puts pressure on me. I want a project that is given the right amount of time.”