Rafa Benitez confirmed as Newcastle boss on three-year deal


Rafa Benitez - Newcastle United Manager

Rafa Benitez has been appointed as the coach of Newcastle United succeeding Steve McClaren who was sacked on Friday. The Spaniard signed a three-year deal with the relegation-haunted Magpies.

Speaking of his appointment, Rafa Benitez said: “I have the pleasure to confirm I have committed to a legendary English club, with the massive challenge of remaining part of the Premier League.

“It will be a challenge not just for me and my staff but for the players, the Club and the fans. “All of us must push together in the same direction and with the same target in mind. This is the reason why I’m going to ask for your total support to successfully complete this task.

“Personally, it means my return to the Premier League, closer to my home and my family. I can’t be happier.

“C’mon Toon Army! The club and I need your total involvement!” Benitez said in his statement.

Rafa Benitez will be joined at St James’ Park by Fabio Pecchia, Francisco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez. They will work with Ian Cathro and Simon Smith to form Benitez’s backroom team.

Newcastle have also confirmed Paul Simpson, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black have followed Steve McClaren out of the exit door.

Benitez’ first game will be against the title chasing Leicester City on Monday.

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has welcomed the appointment of Rafa Benitez. However, the Match of the Day pundit has urged Tony Army chiefs to give the Spaniard full control.

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