Benitez: These four Premier League clubs are inspiration for Newcastle next season
By Aramide Oladipo
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has outlined that his team will need to replicate the success of four solid mid-table Premier League sides to stay in the division.
After just one season in the Championship, Benitez led his Newcastle side to the Premier League as champions.
Following promotion, Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie reported that Benitez had confirmed that he will be staying on as the man in charge of the Magpies.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) May 10, 2017
The last time Newcastle bounced straight back to the Premier League, they finished comfortably in mid-table and managed to stay in the top flight for six years.
Speaking with the Evening Chronicle, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss mentioned that it won’t be an easy task but they should look at other clubs who’ve managed to maintain their Premier League status.
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“The big boys they are quite far ahead at the moment,” he said.
“You see Crystal Palace, West Brom, Southampton and Stoke that are quite strong.”
He concluded: “They have an advantage because they have been in the Premier League for a few years and have all the money that is involved with that.”
Southampton have been a real success story since they were promoted back to the Premier League in 2012 as they have finished in the top half of the table in the last three consecutive seasons.
Despite many believing that they would be relegated in their first season , Stoke have managed to solidify themselves as a Premier League team since their promotion in 2009.
West Brom, especially since Tony Pulis as manager, have become one of the hardest teams to beat in the Premier League, and Crystal Palace managed to attract players like Christian Benteke and Johan Cabaye.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies are eyeing a swoop for this Spanish ace.