By Matt Farr

Former Newcastle interim boss John Carver believes the Magpies are destined for success under Rafa Benitez.

 

The 51-year-old has been speaking to the Daily Star about the improvements Newcastle have made under the leadership of Rafa Benitez, suggesting that things are looking much better with the Spaniard at the helm.

He told the Star: “I was manager of Newcastle, Rafa Benitez is manager of Newcastle United.

“It really does feel like a different club. Same ground, same shirts but everyone is pulling in the same direction now compared to back then.

“They were difficult times in the seasons before Rafa came in but don’t forget I know what it is like when there is a feel-good factor around the place.

“We had it when I was Sir Bobby’s no.2 and at times, we felt unstoppable. That same feeling is being generated at the moment and I’m convinced it will continue so long as Rafa stays around.”

Since being relegated to the Championship, Benitez has won 16 of his 22 league games in charge at St. James’ Park this season, and his side currently sit top of the league, one point ahead of Brighton.

The Magpies are the outright favourites to win promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, but they are on course to go one better and lift the league title in the process.

Carver took charge of Newcastle on an interim basis in January last year, and helped the club retain their Premier League status.

However, after a poor run of results during his six-month tenure, he was dismissed by Newcastle at the end of the season, and was replaced by Steve McClaren.

Carver is currently in charge of Omonoia, who are flying high in fourth-place in the first division in Cyprus.

In other Newcastle news, their midfielder said he won’t be appealing his ban because of the effect on the team.