as I understand it, here's the case for Benitez:
- Established elite manager (Champions League with Liverpool, UEFA cup with Chelsea and Valencia, trophies with Napoli and Inter, hardly an abject failure at Real Madrid)
- Understands the premier league (was generally considered to have Newcastle punching above their weight)
- Motivated to get some payback on the Liverpool owners
- Arrived at Chelsea, wasn't wanted, but won them over with good results
Personally, i'd list the case against as:
- A negative manager (although they probably have more longevity than someone with a clear playing style)
- Not sure he fits into a DoF model
- He has links to the shite (but so did Ablett, Beardsley, Sheedy, Hutchison, etc)
- He said one upsetting thing about us many years ago
I haven't seen anything to suggest that this is more than just agents and journalists driving clicks, so maybe that's why I'm calm about it, but if Moshiri thinks that he's a good option (and on paper, he is) I honestly don't think "fan backlash" should be a massive consideration. Pragmatically, it would be something you'd need to manage (i.e. make sure he brings in a big exciting signing, keep Duncan on, etc) but we seem very small time to be so negative about it.
I think I'd rather have Galtier or Favre or Potter or Nuno but mainly (for the first 2 at least) because they're complete unknowns in the PL. Potter is a massive risk that he's not big enough to take on a club our size. Benitez clearly is though.
Personally, I wouldn't hire him, and I'd advise against it. But if that's who we appoint so be it. I care more about the 11 on the pitch than the fat dude in the dugout.