‘We have a top-class manager now’ – Newcastle star hails Rafa Benitez effect and backs him to lead club to safety

29 Mar

Daryl Janmaat says Rafa Benitez has had a ‘positive effect’ on the Newcastle squad and is convinced the Spaniard will lead the club to safety.

Benitez has picked up just a point from his first two games at the helm to leave the Magpies second from bottom in the Premier League, three points adrift of survival.

But Janmaat is convinced the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss will soon spark a turnaround in fortunes.

The Holland international said: “We have a top-class manager now. We have to believe he can get us to stay in the Premier League.

“He has had a positive effect. It has been organised, the way we played at Leicester and against Sunderland. We have to keep doing that and looking up.

“We feel we can stay in the Premier League, but know we need more wins. We hope and we have the confidence. We must still believe and go out looking to get the job done. I think we can do it.”

Newcastle emerged from the clash with Sunderland last time out with a battling 1-1 draw after Benitez’s reign had begun with a narrow defeat at Leicester, although a point in the derby was two fewer than the tally for which they had hoped.

However, the manner in which the draw was secured was commendable as they fought back from a poor start to equalise through Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late header.

Janmaat, who was by that point back in the dressing room nursing a knee problem, said: “I think it can be a turning point for the team. It was a really well-worked goal.

“I was injured, so I watched from inside, but it was a really good header.”


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