Tottenham backed to hire Rafael Benitez as new manager by Peter Crouch
Writing in his column for the Daily Mail (h/t Express), former Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch has backed the club to bring in ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez in the summer.
Tottenham are on the lookout for a new manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho last month. The Portuguese lasted just seventeen months after having taken over from Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019.
While former midfielder Ryan Mason has been placed in charge on an interim basis, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is scouring the market for a new full-time manager. And among the names being mentioned for the role is that of Rafael Benitez. The Spaniard is currently unattached after having left Chinese Super League club Dalian Professional.
Recently, it had been claimed that Benitez, who has managed the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Valencia, Real Madrid and Inter Milan in the past, would be open to an approach from Tottenham. And now, Crouch has given his endorsement to the 61-year-old, insisting that Spurs could do a lot worse than Benitez.
“His attention to detail is exemplary and he devotes every second of every day to the game. In terms of Tottenham, it wouldn’t be the worst shout. He’s proven at the highest level, his CV is superb – there are worse candidates, for sure.”
Crouch worked with Benitez at Liverpool and knows what the Spaniard would be bringing to the table. Benitez, over his career, has won the Champions League, the Europa League along with various other trophies.
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The job he did at Newcastle, despite being on a shoestring budget, was also admirable. He may not be the attack-minded coach that Levy wants but is certainly someone who could bring a sense of stability at the club.