Jamie Carrager believes that Rafa Benitez staying on Tyneside is ‘fantastic’ for Newcastle United.

The scouser reckons that everybody associated with Newcastle United will still be in shock, that only months after managing Real Madrid the former Liverpool boss has agreed to drop into the Championship.

However, Jamie Carragher believes that his former manager at Anfield sees real potential in the coming seasons.

He believes Rafa Benitez sees it as spending one season regrouping in the Championship and then Newcastle having a real go at the Champions League places if everything clicks.

Jamie Carragher speaking on Talksport:

“It is fantastic for Newcastle United.

“It shows the quality of the managers in the Premier League now, that someone with Rafa’s expertise and trophies won is having to go to the Championship now to get a job.

“He could have a got a job anywhere I suppose but in terms of England now and the money in the Premier League, what he is thinking is one year in the Championship and hopefully I can build Newcastle up to be a team competing for Champions League places.

“It is fantastic for Newcastle.

I think they are all still in shock…. that Rafa actually took the job on the back of Real Madrid but he is there and I am sure he will got a great job.”