Rafael Benitez has replaced Steve McClaren as Newcastle United’s new manager.
Regular BBC Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer has suggested on social networking site Twitter that Newcastle United’s appointment of Rafael Benitez is a real coup for the club and one which is exciting for the supporters.
The former Liverpool boss has taken over from Steve McClaren after the latter was dismissed following a number of poor performances resulting in a loss of confidence under his guidance.
Benitez has plenty of work on his hands, with an immediate task of restoring confidence in the side and helping the Magpies preserve their Premier League status come the end of the season.
The Tyneside club currently sit in 19th position in the table, one point behind rivals Sunderland, who occupy the 17th position with the two clubs set to meet at St. James’ Park the following weekend.
Benitez hasn’t long been out of work, having managed Real Madrid during the first half of the season and guiding the Spanish club to the latter stages of the Champions League.
There is undoubtedly an aura about Benitez and his ability to manage at the top level, but Newcastle represent a much different challenge to what he has accustomed to in recent years.
The Spanish coach won trophies at Valencia and Liverpool, while Inter Milan and Madrid are among the most prestigious clubs in world football. Newcastle, while widely recognised, are staring relegation in the face.
Benitez will have to use his tactical nous and motivational skills to get the club out of trouble, and in Shearer he has a backer as the former Newcastle striker appears very much in favour of his appointment.
Shearer was joined by host of pundits commenting on his appointment via social media site Twitter.
Exciting appointment for @NUFC What a coup! Let's just hope Rafa is allowed to do what he needs to do-manage!— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) March 11, 2016
So many doom and gloom merchants on twitter.— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) March 11, 2016
Rafa,s appointment is the best one since Kevin Keegan(early days)
What makes Newcastle think that Rafa Benitez will get them out the predicament they're in? If I were them, I'd go for Nigel Pearson.— Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) March 11, 2016