Can Rafa keep them up? Former Real Madrid boss Benitez appointed as Newcatsle United manager

London, United Kingdom: Rafael Benitez has been appointed as the new manager of Newcastle United, the English Premier League strugglers announced on Friday.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss was installed on a three-year contract with the task of guiding second-bottom Newcastle away from relegation with just 10 league games remaining this season.

Rafa Benitez. AFP

Rafa Benitez. AFP

Spanish boss Benitez replaced Steve McClaren at St James' Park just hours after Newcastle confirmed earlier Friday that the former England manager had been sacked.

The club confirmed the Spaniards' appointment through a statement on their official website which read: "Newcastle United is delighted to announce the appointment of Rafa Benitez as the Club's new manager.

Benitez joins United on an initial three-year deal.

The Club can also confirm the appointment of Fabio Pecchia, Francisco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez, who will join Ian Cathro and Simon Smith to form Benitez's coaching team.

Paul Simpson, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black will part company with the club with immediate effect.

Speaking of his appointment, Rafa Benitez said: "I have the pleasure to confirm I have committed to a legendary English club, with the massive challenge of remaining part of the Premier League."

With inputs from AFP

Updated Date: Mar 11, 2016 20:43 PM

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