It’s difficult for a top manager like Rafael Benitez Maudes to manage a relegated team, but he chooses to stay with Newcastle United, despite their relegation. The Magpies hired Rafa Benitez on 11 Mar 2016, to save them from the relegation, but former Liverpool & Real Madrid manager failed to do so. To keep up his promise Benitez chooses to stay in Newcastle Upon Tyne. It took him only one year as charge to bring four-time first division champion back into Premier League.
Newcastle United 4-1 victory over Preston North End earns them an automatic qualification to the Premier League from Championship. If Rafa stays with the Toons at St. James’ Park for another season, it will definitely have an impact at top level and it will make Premier League more competitive.
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— Rolando Aarons (@RolandoAarons) April 25, 2017
The delighted manager was very quick to add, “That is football. I’m really pleased to be here, and really happy and proud for everything we have achieved. Hopefully we can put in the foundations for something that will be a guarantee for the future. The fans have been amazing with me, their loyalty means everything. Having this city behind you means everything; they should have a top team. That is why I decided to stay [after relegation in 2016] and now I’m even happier than before that I made this decision. I’m really proud and pleased.” The Guardian reports.
“Now is the time to enjoy what we have done. But, then I must make sure we do the right things. We have to prepare everything to be strong enough for the Premier League.” It came as a reminder to the Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley that if he wants to continue with Rafa Benitez and achieve success in Premier League as well, he should be ready to spend money to strengthen the squad.
Benitez is a top name in managerial world, and he’ll be an addition to already high profile existing manager in Premier League. No competition in world football boasts of six to seven top managers, and if you leave Bayern Munich’s Carlo Ancelotti and Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri aside, all top managers are managing a Premier League side.
Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Arsene Wenger, Jurgen Klopp, Ronald Koeman, Mauricio Pochettino, and Sam Allardyce are already making Premier League most competitive league, and an addition of Rafa Benitez will be a cherry on top.
Newcastle United have a very long history. The 1892 founded club has spent 85 seasons in the top flight of English football. They have never dropped below English football second tier since joining the Football League in 1893. They have the ninth highest number of trophies won by an English Club.
The Magpies are honored with four League Championship titles, six FA Cup titles, and a Charity Shield as well as the 1969 Inter-Cities Fair Cup and the 2006 UEFA Intertoto Cup. They were highly successful in in the Premier League in the 1990s and early 2000s. The club was the seventeenth highest revenue producing club in the world in terms of annual revenue, generating 169.3m in 2015. Their highest placing in the revenue producing was in 1999 when they were the fifth highest revenue producing football club in the world, and second in England only behind Manchester United.
They deserved to be in the Premier League, and Rafa Benitez going to play a very important role in their development. His job is half done, but now it’s also depend on club owner Mike Ashley, how eagerly he spend in the next transfer window to strengthen his team.
Newcastle have a very loyal base of football fans. St. James’ Park has a sitting capacity of 52,000, which is more than half of the Premier League existing clubs. Their loyal fan base attendance was 1.1 million for home fixtures this season in second division; you can’t expect the attendance level when they’ll be playing in Premier League.
Premier League will only get better and more competitive with the presence of Newcastle United, and Rafa Benitez existence at their helm will add cherry on top. It’s going to end Premier League status as a physical football competition and less of technical football, because top footballers wants to play under top managers. And, all the top managers are at the helm of the Premier League clubs, top dogs are definitely going to the enjoy the Premier League football, and it will definitely improve the quality of football as well.