Rafael Benitez gives his reaction after becoming manager of 'legendary club' Newcastle

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Rafael Benitez has been appointed Newcastle United boss.

Newcastle United have confirmed on their official website, as noted above, that Rafael Benitez has been appointed as their new manager.

The Magpies announced the departure of manager Steve McClaren earlier today, after Newcastle lost 3-1 to Bournemouth last weekend, leaving them 19th in the Premier League table, one point adrift of safety.

With five defeats in the last six games, Newcastle are in serious danger of being relegated, and with just ten games left to play, they desperately need to put a run of results together to get out of trouble.

Now, they have chosen to make a huge appointment, as Spaniard Rafael Benitez has arrived on Tyneside as Newcastle's new manager, just two months after he left Real Madrid.

The 55-year-old arrives on a three-year contract, and returns to the Premier League having previously managed Liverpool and Chelsea - the former of which he won the Champions League with.

It's an exciting appointment for Newcastle, and Benitez told the club's official website that he is delighted to have signed a deal with such a legendary club.

Benitez also issued a rallying cry to Newcastle fans, saying he needs the full support of the Toon Army, whilst admitting that he's pleased to be back in English football, closer to his family.

"I have the pleasure to confirm I have committed to a legendary English club, with the massive challenge of remaining part of the Premier League," said Benitez. "It will be a challenge not just for me and my staff but for the players, the Club and the fans."

"All of us must push together in the same direction and with the same target in mind. This is the reason why I'm going to ask for your total support to successfully complete this task. Personally, it means my return to the Premier League, closer to my home and my family. I can't be happier. C'mon Toon Army! The club and I need your total involvement!" he added.

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