Official: Rafa Benitez becomes Newcastle boss two months after Real Madrid sacking [Tweets]

rafa benitez with newcastle scarf, march 2016

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.