The Scottish coach restored a work ethic that had been lacking at West Ham, including getting the best out of Marko Arnautovic by reinventing him as a lone striker.
All kinds of reasons why that would never happen but you only need to accept two things. The club and David Moyes went their separate ways this week, and the team will be actively seeking his replacement.
The Newcastle fans would love Benitez to still be in charge at the start of the 2018/19 season. To then go to a club where the supporters have acted as they have in the past season, no way he would lay himself open to that.
Sullivan came close to appointing Benitez as manager before he joined Real Madrid in 2015.
It looks obvious that both Mike Ashley's people AND Rafa's, have been using the West Ham circus to push their own agendas, feeding the media messages from "sources".
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has done a super job since arriving in the North East in 2016.
Despite his frustrations with owner Mike Ashley and the board, there were not any direct connections to other Premier League options. He said that he would give us every last penny so hopefully he will do it and I'm confident that he will.
His camp should not denying an curiosity within the West Ham place however it is usually thought their choice is to barter the most effective phrases to see Newcastle compete within the high half of the Premier League subsequent season.
His appointment would also demand an unprecedented financial commitment from West Ham, with reports that he - like Rafa Benitez - has a significant release clause in his contract with Hebei China Fortune, whilst his salary alone would cost the club in the region of £8million per year.
Benitez's representatives are discussing his future with the club's hierarchy.