Benitez: I think that we can do it

Newly-appointed Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez believes his side are capable of much more, as they continue in their battle for Premier League survival.

The former Real Madrid boss took charge of the Magpies in March, replacing Steve McClaren who was sacked after a dismal run this season that sees the Magpies sitting second from the bottom of the league standings.

However, Benitez believes the squad at his disposal is more than capable of overcoming their current situation, before adding that his job is to recognise the potential in the team and try to awaken the sleeping giant.

“I decided to come because I knew how big this club was; the fans, the stadium, everything. You can see that it’s a sleeping giant,” Benitez said.

“Then you think maybe with your experience and talking with everyone at the club, I can see that if we stay up, we can achieve things because the potential is here.”

The Toon return to action on Sunday when they welcome Sunderland to St James’ Park in the Tyne-Wear derby and Benitez admits winning every remaining game from now on is crucial.

“At the moment, my job is to give players confidence, to win games, and to stay in the Premier League. I think that we can do it; still I think that we can do it,” he added.

“Obviously, if we win this game, it will be easier for everyone because it will give them more confidence and help them to work hard and do really well, so then we will have more confidence and believe that we can do it.

“I think if we stay up – and I am sure we will stay up – then we can improve a lot.”