Rafael Benitez is back in English football, this time, he has been tasked with the business of keeping Newcastle in the Premier League. The former Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Valencia boss takes over from Steve McClaren with the Magpies one point from safety and with only 10 games left.
Rafa has signed a three-year contract, which is understood to contain a break clause should Newcastle be relegated at the end of the season.
“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,” said Benitez in a statement. “It will be a challenge not just for me and my staff but for the players, the club and the fans.”
Newcastle managing director, Lee Charnley, hailed Rafael Benitez’s appointment, saying: “He has managed some of the most successful teams at the very highest level of the game and we are proud to now have him as our manager. “Our sole focus now is to give our full support to Rafa, his coaching team and the players in order to secure our status in the Premier League.”