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04 May
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Posted by content at 07:34

It was all gloom last season when Newcastle United wererelegated from the Premier League.

The brilliant Rafa Benitez came in too late and he could not stop them from sinking. This term, the Magpiesfans would have something to cheer up on as the team have been impressive. The battle is far from over as Brighton & Hove Albion want the title but it has been a successful sojourn in the English Championship.

As Promotion is also sure as the season winds down, we look at the figures and they are up! The average home attendance this season increased by as much as 2650, according to a review of stadium data. Benitez managed the team, adding twelve new players and releasing or selling at least 20 former players.

Dwight Gayle, DeAndreYedlin and the rest of the additions have been brilliant, helping the club to a decent run in the second tier despite the club losing established stars like Steven Taylor and FabricioColoccini.

Benitez handled the transfer window like a pro that he is, making a profit of £31million. The win rate and the numbers of goals this season are high up in the club’s records. Steve McClaren used 30 players in his seven months stay but Benitez has used even more even as the team average age raised to 26 compared to last season’s 23.6

The former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea manager has questions surrounding his long term future but he remains committed to the Newcastle project. After all the work done all year round, when they get back to the top flight it would be another round of work to get the required investment and strategies to remain there and if possible do a Leicester!