New Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is convinced he can guide the club to safety in the remaining 10 games of the season.
The former Valencia, Liverpool and Real Madrid boss arrived at St James’ Park on Friday, following Steve McClaren’s dismissal as head coach earlier that day.
Benitez takes over with the club in 19th place in the Premier League table, one point adrift of safety ahead of Monday’s trip to league leaders Leicester.
The Spaniard admits Newcastle are in a “difficult situation” but he is confident there is enough quality in the squad to avoid the drop down to the Championship – with Newcastle currently priced at 3/5 with Titanbet to be relegated.
“‘Scared’ is not the word. I know that it is a difficult situation, but believe me, I’ve done the maths. It is positive. After watching some games, the team is good, so why not? We can do it,” he is quoted as saying by ESPN.
“After that, the future is brilliant because you have the power, the fans, the stadium and very positive things.
“You have the squad. You have to adapt a little bit, but there is great potential, so it is very important to concentrate on these 10 games.”