Shelvey hails Rafa impact

Jonjo Shelvey believes the international break will give Rafael Benitez the perfect opportunity to work his magic on Newcastle.

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The Spaniard was brought in by the board earlier this month in a bid to save the club from relegation and, after improved performances in the defeat to Leicester and the draw against Sunderland, now has a fortnight to work with his squad.

With eight games left, Newcastle currently find themselves sat 19th in the table, three points behind 17th-place Norwich, who they play in their next fixture on April 2.

Having managed the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid, BenitezÂ’s record speaks for itself and punters may choose to use their free bet to back him to guide them to safety.

Shelvey, who is currently captaining the side in the absence of the injured Fabricio Coloccini, admits the new boss is already making an impact on the squad and believes the work he does during the international break could prove crucial.

“People are listening to what he (Benitez) says,” he told the Chronicle. “His record speaks for itself. (The break) will be a good chance to really knuckle down.

“We’ve not had much time since he’s come in because everything has been a bit rushed.

“Rafa will come up with a gameplan because that’s what he does. I’m sure we’ll go to Norwich and give a very good account of ourselves.”

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