Rafa Benitez doubles workload at Newcastle ahead of the Tyne-Wear derby

Rafa Benitez is cracking the whip at relegation-threatened Newcastle United.

Friday, 18th March 2016, 7:07 am
Updated Friday, 18th March 2016, 7:16 am
Rafa Benitez

Benitez has cancelled days off and introduced double training sessions, according to the Daily Mail.

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The relegation-threatened club's new manager cancelled his players' day off on his first day in charge a week ago.

And Benitez has stopped the players leaving after lunch, according to the report.

The 55-year-old, preparing the team for Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby, is working on tactics, team shape and fitness in the afternoon.