Steve McClaren's appointment as Newcastle boss seemed doomed to fail from the outset
McClaren's nine-month spell in charge of the Magpies ended following a run of just two wins in 12 Premier League games, and the former England boss highlighted where he feels he went wrong.
"I went in with my eyes open and I knew the situation I was getting myself into, but the mistake I made was that I compromised too much," he said. "You have to go in and lead and manage. I compromised too much especially early on."
McClaren's managerial record has been blighted by unsuccessful spells in charge of the national side, where he failed to lead his team to Euro 2008, Derby County, where he failed to gain promotion the the Premier League, and now his most recent post at Newcastle where his disastrous tenure ended in his sacking in March 2016.
Speaking to the BBC Radio 5 Live, the one-time Manchester United assistant manger elaborated on reasons for his Newcastle team failings, citing the playerss attitude against so-called smaller teams as a deciding factor in their relegation to the Championship.
McClaren was honest in his appraisal of his time at Newcastle
"The mentality of the team was that they would play well against top teams, but they couldn't win the games they should have won against the lower teams," he said.
Rafa Benitez has his work cut out if he is to guide the Magpies back to the Premier League at the first attempt but one thing is for sure, with the Spaniard at the helm, Newcastle fans are more excited about their team's prospects than they were this time last year under McClaren.