Newcastle United have hired Rafa Benitez as their new coach. The Magpies sacked Steve McClaren on Friday and appointed the former Real Madrid boss the same day.
The club have struggled all season long and, after 28 matches, are sitting in 19th place with just 24 points, meaning they are in great danger to relegate to The Championship. They also have the second-worst goal difference (-25), with only Aston Villa behind them.
Therefore, Newcastle’s management took the gable to sack McLaren and appoint the much experienced Benitez to save their season, as the new lucrative Premier League TV deal kicks in from the 2016-2017 campaign.
The Magpies have ten games left to play. Against Manchester City, Leicester City, Sunderland, Norwich, Southampton, Swansea City, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, and Tottenham. That means they play five matches against the bottom six teams (including themselves).
Benitez, therefore, should be able to work his magic and save Newcastle’s season, although he has an opt-out clause in his three-year contract if the club is relegated.
If we take a look at his record with his previous clubs (via WhoScored), the Spaniard has done pretty well during his first ten games as manager. In 60 matches with Real Madrid, Napoli, Chelsea, Inter, Liverpool and Valencia, Benitez recorded 34 wins, 19 draws, and just seven losses.
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) 11 maart 2016