Rafa Benitez Admits He Expected Newcastle To Be In The Relegation Zone

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says he was aware of the current situation and had expected the club to be in the relegation zone. The Magpies have failed to register a win in four matches and are currently submerged in the bottom three.

The ongoing tussle with chairman Mike Ashley has been pretty visible as the Newcastle owner has been very reluctant in injecting funds to the team. Benitez hasn’t had the backing of the owner when it comes to improving the squad as the Toon had a relatively quiet summer transfer window.

Also, Benitez is in his last year of the contract and the Spanish gaffer hasn’t discussed the possibility of extending his stay at the St James Park. Despite the struggles, the gaffer has left no stones unturned this season as he is eyeing to better his side’s performance.

Benitez said, “Being in the bottom three is something you might expect when you look at our fixtures. The reality is that they knew already the fixtures were very difficult and it could be something like that.

“The players know that doing things in the way they did last year, we can change things and be stronger and start getting points.

“At the moment, we have to understand this is the situation. Mentally we can be ready to manage a situation like this one. Last year we were close to the bottom but I think (only) once we were there (in the bottom three).

“Now, it’s like that and could be like that. Some of the other teams are drawing and winning. Still we have difficult games to play. We have to manage this situation and be strong mentally and carry on doing the things we did well last year. That will be the key to winning games this year.”

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