Rafa Benitez signed a new deal at Newcastle United this week.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez
Newcastle United were relegated from the Premier League last season after a disastrous campaign.
However, there is renewed optimism around the club after Rafa Benitez, who has been a huge hit since taking charge in March, agreed a new deal at St James Park this week.
Rafa Benitez has opted to manage in the Championship rather than leave
Having secured the former Real Madrid manager’s signature, many are predicting they will make a quick return to the Premier League.
And Hurst agrees with that notion, saying the situation looks good for them next season.
“I think in Benitez you have got a very good guy,” he told the Chronicle.
“I would think it has given the area a bit of a buzz because he is a good man, very experienced and it looks good. There’s no reason why they should not bounce back up.”
Tottenham Hotspur's Mousa Dembele (L) in action with Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko
If Newcastle are to make a quick return to the Premier League next season much will rest on the work that Benitez can do in the transfer window.
First however, he must determine how many of the current squad he will need to replace before the new season.
There are already several first team stars, such as Mousa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum reportedly eyeing exits, and whether or not they stay will have a big bearing on the work that will need to be done in the summer transfer window.
Benitez has gone from Real Madrid to the Championship