Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy, now a BBC Match of the Day pundit, thinks that if Rafa Benitez does join Newcastle long term this week, then the Magpies have to be strong favorites to come straight back into the Premier League.
It’s a combination of Rafa’s coaching skills plus the many contracts he has in England plus the fact he is very thorough preparing for every game and has already made Newcastle look like a top six side with their performances at St, Jame’s Park on Sunday against top side Spurs.
Danny Murphy – good bet Newcastle will come straight back up
That performance shocked a lot of pundits and Newcastle fans too – Rafa had Newcastle playing some top class football in our final Premier League game for at least 15 months.
Murphy has been talking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show (on talkSPORT) yesterday morning:
“If Benitez stays, I would have a good few quid on them coming straight back up,”
“I really would because I know what he is like in terms of getting his squad fit. You need that in the Championship.”
“He knows the English leagues. He has got loads of contacts in this country, so he won’t struggle to attract players there.”
One of the things Rafa has to do in the summer is get to know more about the teams that we will be meeting in the Championship next season, when we will play 46 matches in the league.
Rafa will ensure the squad is big enough just in case we get our usual massive amount of injuries.
But with Rafa also being in charge of the medical department at the club, we are hoping he will get a handle on the injuries and certainly since he arrived there are fewer and fewer players in the treatment room.
If Rafa signs for us, it will be a massive summer of excitement and expectation for Newcastle fans.