Rafael Benitez: Newcastle unveils new boss

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Newcastle confirmed Benitez as its new manager with three new backroom staff, on a three-year deal. He took over at Real Madrid in June last year but was sacked in early January.

Rafael Benitez has gone from from the top of La Liga with Real Madrid to the foot of the English Premier League in little over two months.

After six days of speculation the club sacked former England coach Steve McClaren Friday after a desperate run of results has left it second from bottom.

Now it has turned to the Spaniard, a former coach of Inter, Valencia and Chelsea, who won the European Champions League with Liverpool.

Benitez said in a statement on the club’s website. “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!”

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