Benitez replaces McClaren as Newcastle manager

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By Euronews
Benitez replaces McClaren as Newcastle manager

Struggling English Premier League side Newcastle United have appointed Rafa Benitez as their new manager on a three year deal following the sacking of Steve McClaren earlier in the day.

The well-travelled Benitez – who has coached Liverpool, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Valencia – has the task of keeping the Magpies in the topflight.

McClaren was fired after just nine months in charge – in which time he guiding the club to just six wins in 28 league matches.

This poor run of form has left Newcastle second from bottom, a point from safety and staring down the barrel of championship football next season.

Benitez – who has also managed Napoli – now has ten games to turn the club’s fortunes around.

The Spaniard’s first in charge doesn’t look likely to help matters as it’s against league leaders Leicester City on Monday.