Newcastle has finally unveiled Rafael Benitez and he has promised to get the club back to the premier league and lead them to win trophies.
The former Realmadrid boss was speaking at his unveiling after he was confirmed to stay at the club for another three years and he expressed his delight at his contract extension;
‘I am here because I am convinced we can go up next season, stay there for a long time and even win trophies,’ said the 56-year-old, who was reconfirmed as boss on a three-year deal.’I would like to build something. I would like to be close to Sir Bobby, that would be fantastic.’‘Football business, I will have responsibility of. The main thing is that I have assurances we will have a strong team and a winning team.
‘What I have is the assurance that if I don’t want to sell any players I don’t have to. We can keep all the players who we want.’ And the Spaniard says the potential of the club, as well as the support he received from fans after taking charge for the final 10 games of the season, has persuaded him to remain in the second tier.It is a challenge, yes. I have won trophies all my career,’ he said.’The reason for me to stay was the fans, the stature of the club and the future.Now it is time for a new project, a new challenge. I can see the possibilities and the size of the club and the potential. Everything is massive and I want to be a part of it. I will start working immediately so we can be big – the first thing is promotion.’
Benitez told Newcastle’s official website: ‘The love I could feel from the fans was a big influence for me in my decision to stay, as was my relationship with Lee Charnley and all the staff.This is a huge club and I wanted to be part of the great future I can see for Newcastle United.’
And while he will have to come to terms with getting down to business as grounds such as Rotherham’s New York Stadium and Brentford’s Griffin Park, he is well aware that the Championship will not surrender and allow Newcastle an instant return to the top flight.’The Championship is one of the strongest leagues,’ he said. ‘It’s a challenge. ‘There are good teams. We need experience and your (fans’) support.We have to start working – when I finish this press conference, I will start working.’
Charnley added: ‘When we brought Rafa to the club in March, we knew he was a phenomenal manager and everything we have seen from him since has only served to reinforce that.We are therefore delighted to have secured his services for the next three years and I believe with Rafa as manager it gives us the best possible chance of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking and delivering success for this football club beyond that.It is clear that Rafa has connected deeply with the club’s supporters and we do not underestimate the role they have played in his decision to stay.He has captured the hearts and minds not just of the fans, but of everyone who has had the pleasure of working with him at the club thus far.As a world-class manager we had no doubt in our minds as to the importance of retaining him at Newcastle United.’