Lord Sugar's one-word response when asked about Newcastle appointing Rafael Benitez

Lord Sugar

Lord Sugar believes Newcastle have made a panic appointment in Rafael Benitez.

Newcastle United appointed Rafael Benitez as their new manager on Friday afternoon - but former Spurs chairman Lord Sugar isn't so keen on the move.

The Magpies chose to part company with manager Steve McClaren on Friday, six days after an embarrassing 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth - a result which leaves Newcastle second bottom of the Premier League table, but just one point from safety.

Now, the Magpies have made a huge appointment by landing Spaniard Rafael Benitez, who only left La Liga giants Real Madrid in January.

The 55-year-old, who has managed in the Premier League before with Liverpool and Chelsea, makes his big return to England, but finds himself in a tricky situation, with the Magpies staring relegation to the Championship in the race, with only ten games left to play.

Benitez is handed a tough start with a trip to face Leicester City away from home, but there is a genuine sense that he could be a great appointment for Newcastle, considering his reputation and credentials in England, Spain and even in the Champions League.

However, former Tottenham Hotspur chairman Lord Sugar isn't quite so convinced about the move. Sugar was asked on Twitter for his verdict on the appointment, and he responded with just one word - 'panic'.

Given McClaren's dismal record and Benitez's reputation, this doesn't necessarily seem like a panic move from Newcastle. With the new Premier League TV deal coming into effect this summer, Newcastle know that relegation to the Championship would mean they miss on a huge amount of money, something owner Mike Ashley certainly wouldn't be keen on.

Benitez has the experience to get Newcastle out of trouble, and whilst the circumstances leading up to McClaren's sacking were less than ideal, few Magpies fans would agree that this is a panic move from the St. James' Park hierarchy.

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