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Geoff Hurst backs Benitez to return Newcastle to the Premier League

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Rafa Benitez signed a new deal at Newcastle United this week.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Speaking to the Chronicle, Sir Geoff Hurst has backed Rafa Benitez to help Newcastle United bounce back into the Premier League.

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.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezRafa 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 SissokoTottenham 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.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezBenitez has gone from Real Madrid to the Championship

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