Rumours had earlier emerged that Benitez has already lost the locker room & he has no relationships with the big players.
Just this past week it has been extensively reported elsewhere that Cristiano Ronaldo has been frank in his assessment of his new manager’s credentials when speaking to president Florentino Perez.
‘We’ll win nothing with him in charge’ or something similar may have been the words uttered. In any event, complimentary they were not.
It follows a recent outburst from Colombian international James Rodriguez who was none too happy at Benitez’s inference that he had been carrying an injury. His goal in a recent international was dedicated, rather sarcastically, to the manager.
Neither of those incidents will have gone unnoticed by the board, nor the general mood around the training ground at present. It is toxic to say the least.
Having lost El Clasico via a quite devastating Barcelona performance, and one in which Lionel Messi only joined when the match was over as a contest, will not have endeared the manager to Senor Perez.
A 4-0 reverse at home to their fiercest rivals and the manner of the same will not be what the president had in mind when offering the position to Benitez earlier this year.