Ayoze Perez says Newcastle have grown under Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Newcastle improved under Benitez towards the end of last season but will start next season in the Championship.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez speaks to Ayoze Perez and Daryl JanmaatNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez speaks to Ayoze Perez and Daryl Janmaat

Newcastle United forward Ayoze Perez has said the players and the team have grown under the guidance of manager Rafa Benitez ever since he was appointed back in March.

The club are preparing for life in the Championship next season where Benitez will hope to take club back to the top flight at the first time of asking. 

Crystal Palace's Joel Ward in action with Newcastle's Ayoze PerezCrystal Palace's Joel Ward in action with Newcastle's Ayoze Perez

Perez looks set to be part of that side going into next season and he will hope to improve on his goal tally of 13 goals from 70 games at the club so far.

He is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “For me and for everyone it has been a boost. You can see what he has done to us as a team.

“We have really grown as a team and as individuals, that’s really good for us as a club. We can all move forward now under the manager.”

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Certainly there was improvement at Newcastle under Benitez in the final games of the season but he simply joined the club too late for them to remain in the top flight but it was a major coup for the club that he decided to stay on and try and get the team promoted at the first attempt.

It looks as if many of the players from last season will remain at the club as there hasn't been much transfer activity - though there are one or two names that have been linked with moves away.

But keeping the core of the squad with one or two additions could be huge for the club going into next season. There is pressure to get off to a good start and win promotion in some style as well.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

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