Gordon Strachan singles out Rafa Benitez's biggest problem at Newcastle

The Newcastle head coach believes the Spaniard has certain factors hindering him at St James' Park.

Gordon Strachan says a lack of time and the fact four or five different managers have bought Newcastle United's players are the biggest problems facing Rafael Benitez at St James' Park, according to the Chronicle.

Indeed, the Scot has been discussing Benitez's situation at Newcastle right now.

And he fears Rafa's expectations may have been too high heading into the role on Tyneside. 

Strachan is quoted as telling Goals on Sunday: "Recruitment is a big thing. The stability round about the club is a huge thing. You’ve probably got about four or five different groups of players who’ve been bought by different managers or people at the top.

"It’s a problem for the manager and you can’t go in there and think ‘I’m going to do this and that’, because then you go ‘hmm, this is going to take longer than I thought’ and he’s not got time that’s the problem."

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Next up for Newcastle is a Premier League clash against Swansea City at home.

The chances of the Magpies winning any game at the moment seem remote - and don't look like improving any time soon.

Swansea's confidence will be high off the back of a 1-0 win over Chelsea. Benitez, meanwhile, would simply be wise to seek a different challenge.

He's never managed in the Championship - a tough league, especially for someone used to less demanding divisions. But, if he fancies a go at second-tier football, it looks like the Spaniard is in the right place.

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