Ramon Calderon gives his opinion on Newcastle United's squad and Rafael Benitez

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United are currently the favourites to win the Championship next season.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, which was broadcast on 26th May, that he believed Rafael Benitez would leave Newcastle United if they were relegated.

Benitez announced yesterday that he would be staying on at Newcastle next season, even though the North East club will be playing Championship football.

When Benitez took charge he put a relegation release clause in his contract, but he agreed to waiver that after being convinced that his future was at St. James’ Park.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

And Calderon said: “It’s a big challenge. It’s clear that they must be promoted next year. They have very good players and it’s true that I didn’t think he’d stay.

“I thought if he wasn’t in the Premier League he would leave. It’s interesting to see him in the second division.”

Benitez started the past campaign at Real Madrid, but he will begin next term preparing for trips to the likes of Burton Albion in English football’s second tier.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Benitez has never managed in the Championship before, but his commitment is a major boost to the North East club.

Newcastle are the favourites to win the Championship title next season, with optimism high around St. James’ Park.

Benitez has already begun planning for next term, with the Spaniard believed to be looking to make additions already.

Newcastle are hoping to complete their first signing of the summer before the start of Euro 2016, according to report in the Telegraph.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez applauds fans after the game

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