Rafa Benitez is back in the Premier League after agreeing to become the new Newcastle United boss.
The Spaniard has signed a contract to lead the Toon Army for the next three years but Sky Sports report that he’ll be allowed to leave the club in the summer if they end up getting relegated from England’s top flight.
Few would have been able to foresee Benitez ending the season at St James’s Park when he was appointed as Real Madrid boss last summer. However, the former Liverpool coach was an unpopular selection by Florentino Perez to replace Carlo Ancelotti among players and fans and seemed doomed to fail from the start.
Sure enough, he only last until January 4th despite a respectable couple of months that included a few significant hammerings like the 10-2 beating of Rayo Vallecano. The most significant of all was the humiliating 4-0 defeat on home turf to Barcelona, a result that sealed his fate. Now he has a chance to rebuild his reputation.
Newcastle are only a point away from safety but Benitez will be going from having the likes of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos at his disposal to Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini.
Newcastle confirm Rafa Benitez as new boss on a three-year deal – although he would be able to walk away if they are relegated.
— Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) March 11, 2016
— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) March 11, 2016
I rate Rafa Benitez for taking this job. He could've easily taken a comfortable job at a club that's doing well but he's taken a challenge.
— Danny (@R9Rai) March 11, 2016
Newcastle fans deserve Rafa Benitez, and Benitez deserves the Newcastle fans. Could be s good match that
— scott lennon (@scottlennon94x) March 11, 2016
— NUFC Media (@NUFCMedia) March 11, 2016
Rafa Benitez: From Napoli to Real Madrid to Newcastle, all in the space of one year. #NUFC
— di Márdi (@TerrydiMardi) March 11, 2016
The final line from Rafa Benitez's NUFC statement: it feels like the least likely Rafa sentence of all time … pic.twitter.com/wbid0xmUdk
— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) March 11, 2016
Rafa Benitez delighted to be confirmed as Newcastle manager! pic.twitter.com/MEtlsQ6EPg
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 11, 2016