He could definitely earn a better salary at West Ham and would nearly certainly have more to spend on potential signings.
However it serves to focus on Benitez's frustration that such a state of affairs has been talked about since final summer time.
GETTYThe Hammers have made Benitez their No. 1 choice to replace David Moyes
The 45-year-old, who has been linked with the Everton job for months now, was said to have interviewed with the Hammers' hierarchy with his agent, Jorge Mendes, in London on Monday as that club considered alternatives to keeping David Moyes on board as boss.
'The club expect to make an announcement within the next seven days, following a thorough and strategic process that has identified the best possible candidate'. We are preparing to appoint a manager who has a proven record of success at the highest level of the game'.More news: National Basketball Association draft lottery: Phoenix Suns get first pick
Since then he has managed some of Europe and South America's most successful clubs, including River Plate (with whom he won the 2002/03 Primera Division), Real Madrid and Manchester City (Premier League and Carling Cup, twice).
He mentioned: 'After I had the assembly with Mike Ashley (in Might, 2017) I used to be assured that we now have the cash obtainable and the wages.
'Everything is in place to move forward. He said that he would give us every last penny so hopefully he will do it and I'm confident that he will. Mike informed me "We now have this cash, it's obtainable, it is OK", so, nice, we have been pleased with that'.More news: VEGAS MYSTERY: Paddock Ranted About 'FEMA CAMPS' Days Before Rampage
Benitez, though, believes the subsequent transfer spend of around £40m fell short of that promise and was annoyed at the length of time taken to complete deals.
The Telegraph claim Benitez still doesn't know how much money he'll have to spend over the summer - and this has "infuriated" him.More news: Didier Deschamps explains Lacazette and Martial omissions from France World Cup squad