“I’ll need time with the Geordie accent!” Rafa Benitez gives first Newcastle interview

Speaking for the first time since his surprise announcement as Newcastle United manager, Rafa Benitez has said that he and his coaching staff will need time to get use to the Geordie accent.

How much time? Well Benitez was handed a 3-year deal after Steve McClaren was given the boot following a dismal run of form that sees the Magpies languishing in 19th position in the league. However, it is over the next 10 games that will likely determine Benitez’ longer term future as I can’t see the former Real Madrid manager sticking around to scrap it out in the Championship next year.

As for Newcastle United fans, they are said to be “pinching themselves” after the appointment. “He’s got a good track record. Why not? Someone’s got to do it,” honked one fan with a rousing endorsement.