Shelvey happy with Newcastle signings

Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey shoots

The 24-year-old is delighted with Newcastle United's summer business.

Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey shoots

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has admitted to The Chronicle that his and his team-mates deserve to be in the Championship, but hopes that the club's "tremendous" summer signings can help them secure a speedy return to the Premier League.

Shelvey, who joined Newcastle in January, was unable to prevent the Magpies from being relegated following a disastrous 2015-16 campaign in the top flight.

Manager Rafael Benitez replaced Steve McClaren toward the end of March but it appears as if much of the damage had already been done by that stage.

Newcastle's Jonjo Shelvey is dejected after the match

Nevertheless, the Spanish manager has signed six new players this summer - Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Jesus Gamez, Grant Hanley and Isaac Hayden - and Shelvey is enthused by Benitez's pre-season acquisitions.

The 56-year-old manager's future was also in doubt. Having won the Champions League and managed a host of elite football clubs, a spell in the Championship could have been beneath him, but Benitez committed himself to Newcastle and Shelvey says he and his team-mates owe the boss a big season.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

“I don’t think you can feel sorry yourself, and this certainly doesn’t feel like a club that’s feeling sorry for itself because of what happened," the former Swansea and Liverpool midfielder said to The Chronicle.

“We obviously deserved to go down because we weren’t good enough last year. It is what it is, and we are where we are, but it’s down to us now to put things right.

“We’ve brought in some tremendous signings, and it’s obviously another big plus with the manager staying. He’ll be giving it his best shot to try to get us out of the Championship. It’s down to us now to repay the fans for sticking by us.”

They have, however, lost a couple of excellent players in the form of Andros Townsend and Georginio Wijnaldum among others, but Newcastle remain odds-on favourites to go straight back up.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

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