Mick Quinn says Rafael Benitez deserves better than managing Newcastle United in the Championship

Newcastle United's relegation was confirmed yesterday.

Mick Quinn has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, which was broadcast on 12th May, that Rafael Benitez deserves better than having to manage Newcastle United in the Championship.

Newcastle’s relegation was confirmed last night, after Sunderland beat Everton 3-0.

The Magpies will now play in the second tier for the first time since the 2009/10 campaign, and Benitez’s future is firmly up in the air.

Benitez has a clause in his contract which means that he is able to leave Newcastle, should they drop into the Championship.

However, reports more recently in the Chronicle have suggested that Benitez may choose to stay at St. James’ Park.

Benitez has apparently been stunned by the support he has received on Tyneside, but Quinn feels that he deserves better than having to manage in the Championship.

“If they lose Rafa… to me it’s a brilliant club, but six months ago he was managing Ronaldo and now he’s managing Steven Taylor,” he said.

“Does he deserve to manage in the Championship? What I’m trying to say is that he’s a manager of a certain stature. He deserves a lot better.”

Benitez was handed 10 games to save Newcastle, and although he sparked an improvement he was not able to guide them to safety.

Newcastle could only manage to draw with Aston Villa last weekend, and that result proved costly.

Sunderland have beaten Chelsea and Everton in their last two fixtures, leaving them four points adrift of safety with just one match to play.

If Benitez does leave Newcastle, the likes of Steve Bruce and David Moyes have been touted as potential replacements.

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