By Emma Sanders

Rafa Benitez has revealed he chose to stay as manager of Newcastle despite relegation from the Premier league due to his ideals being valued by the club.

The former Liverpool and Chelsea boss told the Chronicle that he was happy with his relationship with the club’s director Lee Charnley.

Benitez claims Newcastle always had plenty of potential but they needed somebody to help them get the best out of it.

The club’s primary focus is on the next Championship match against Brentford on Saturday, but already preparations are well underway for the January transfer window too.

“I am happy with it,” Benitez replied to the Chronicle when asked about how his relationship with Charnley, as well as his level of control within the club.

“Every week, every month, every year, you try to improve something.

“You are always thinking: ‘If I can change this little thing, maybe it will improve this or that.’

“You are always looking at little things, or the way that certain departments operate, but it takes time to change things.”

He also stated the club needed a direction and the manager believes he has given that and expects to see this reflected in results.

“There are a lot of good people here at the club. But they needed to have an idea to follow – now they have an idea and a path to follow,” said Benitez to the Chronicle.

“I think everybody is more or less happy, but at the same time, they can give their opinions. It is not just the head of the departments that I am speaking to – I am asking for opinions all the time.

“Then you take everything on board, and decide which way you want to go. If we are winning, doing things properly, and treating people with respect, then things will be going well.”


Newcastle currently sit third in the Championship table behind Huddersfield and Norwich City and have shown relatively good form.

Benitez’ side have won seven of their opening eleven fixtures, picking up 22 points, just three behind the league’s leaders.

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