Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez responds when asked he'll be seeking advice from those with Championship experience

The Magpies were relegated from the Premier League this past season.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez has played down his need to speak to those with Championship experience ahead of Newcastle's return to the second tier, the Chronicle reports.

The Spaniard has agreed to stay at St James' Park next season despite being unable to save them from relegation during this past campaign. 

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez celebrates with Andros Townsend at the end of the match

And while he has more experience of managing at Real Madrid and Inter Milan than he does of travelling to the likes of Rotherham and Burton Albion, he insisted that the squad has enough knowledge of what they are about to come up against to cope with the demands of the division without outside help.

"Yeah obviously I know that some people will say that, but still I was starting in the second division or in the youth teams in Spain, then the second division in Spain and two promotions," he told the Chronicle when asked about the need to seek advice.

"Then we played the teams here in the FA Cup, the Capital One Cup, so we know the league.

"We have seen a lot of games and we have some players who have played in the Championship before."

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Though Benitez has no experience of managing in the Championship, he has proved throughout his managerial career that he is a winner, and a very tactically astute coach. 

And that mentality should certainly help given what Newcastle are expected to achieve next season with a club of their size and a Champions League winning boss at the helm. 

And with the prospect of playing under Benitez surely being enough to tempt most of their summer targets to Tyneside, it appears that they will have a squad more than capable of booking their top flight return at the first attempt. 

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez applauds fans after the game

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