RECAP: Highlights from Rafa Benitez's first press conference as Newcastle manager

Rafa Benitez held his first press conference as Newcastle United manager today.

Saturday, 12th March 2016, 5:20 pm
Updated Saturday, 12th March 2016, 5:26 pm
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Newcastle writer Miles Starforth was at St James's Park for us, with Benitez speaking for the first time since arriving on Tyneside.

The new Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

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And you can recap the highlights here:

The Magpies finally announced the departure of former head coach Steve McClaren on Friday after days of intense speculation before moving swiftly to confirm Benitez as the club's new boss.

Newcastle's managing director Lee Charnley said: "In Rafa we have, without doubt, secured the services of one of Europe's top managers."

The new Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Benitez added: "I have the pleasure to confirm I have committed to a legendary English club, with the massive challenge of remaining part of the Premier League."It will be a challenge not just for me and my staff but for the players, the club and the fans."

Newcastle also confirmed the appointment of Fabio Pecchia, Francisco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez, who will join Ian Cathro and Simon Smith to form Benitez's coaching team.

Paul Simpson, Alessandro Schoenmaker and Steve Black have followed McClaren out the exit door.