Benitez is 61 and hasn't done anything significant in the game for years and has certainly not built a side that is even a top 6 side
If the height our ambition is to ensure we don't get relegated something we've managed to do in the previous 25 years prior to Moshiri's arrival despite having to sell players to survive then you'd hope we would have enough to survive releagtion again regardless of the manager
Anyway Potter has comfortably kept Brighton up despite spending no money, having an inferior squad and actually playing decent football - I'm not sure why he would be a riskier appointment
I certainly want to avoid a situation where our senior management team are using abusive bed sheets as a criterion for management choices
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.
I cannot see any benefits from his possible appointment. He is history and will mean little to those players we want to sign now. I think they would view us as a mid table team intent on survival not getting to the CL positions. I find the whole thing depressing and cannot understand why Brands would be in agreement.