Former Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez has returned to the Premier League with Newcastle.
The Magpies dismissed former manager Steve McClaren this morning, as they currently sit 19th in the table. Benitez, who started the season at Real Madrid, has taken over on a three-year contract, but has an opt-out clause if the club are relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.
Benitez took over from club hero Roberto Di Matteo midway through the 2012/13 season. He had a mixed relationship with Blues fans, due to his rivalry with Chelsea when he was at former club Liverpool. He was quoted saying this about Chelsea fans “We don’t need to give away flags for our fans to wave – our supporters are always there with their hearts, and that is all we need. It’s the passion of the fans that helps to win matches – not flags.”
He went on to lift the Europa League that season and finish third in the Premier League after winning fifteen out of his twenty six league games in charge.