Rafa Benitez stays at Newcastle despite relegation from EPL

first_imgRafa Benitez is staying with Newcastle to help the northern English team return to the Premier League.Newcastle said Wednesday that Benitez will remain as manager despite the club’s relegation to the second-tier League Championship at the end of last season. The Spanish coach joined Newcastle in March and had a clause in his contract allowing him to leave should the team be relegated from the top-flight.He has not exercised that clause. Benitez has never managed in England’s second tier, and last coached outside a top league in 2001 at Tenerife in Spain.It is a big step down for Benitez, who has coached some of Europe’s top sides in Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Napoli and Madrid.last_img

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