English Premiership

Benitez upbeat over life in the Championship

2016-05-28 09:00
Rafael Benitez (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Following their relegation from the Premier League, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez believes his side possesses enough experience to survive life in the Championship.

Benitez took over at St James' Park in March, in a bid to save Newcastle from the axe, however, the club was relegated after finishing 18th in thge Premier League standings with just 37 points from 38 games.

With questions being raised over his ability to bring the team back from the second tier, the 56-year-old feels he will have enough help available to do well next season.

"I know that some people will say I lack experience there, but I started in the second division in Spain," Benitez told reporters.

"My teams have played teams 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.

"So we have information, but obviously we have to perform, and then you [pundits] will say, 'Hmm.... maybe.'

"If we win the first game then you will say we have a good team, if we lose you will say it's because I have no experience in the Championship. But that is football.

"I think we have enough information, enough people with experience - we will talk with them, and maybe we will bring in players were experience in the Championship.

"The main thing is to do the right things and to work hard every single week."

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