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No panic at Newcastle

22nd December 2018, 12:16 by Nick Harris

As he targets a busy Christmas period, sitcom fan Rafael Benitez has issued his Newcastle troops with a "don't panic" message.

The Spaniard has seen the Magpies recover from a difficult start to the campaign during which they faced five of last season's top six to sit in 14th place ahead of Fulham's visit to St James' Park on Saturday.

Just as he was not getting carried away by a run which saw his team go 11 games without a win in all competitions, he is refusing to get too excited about four wins in the last seven, and will continue to employ Dad's Army character Corporal Jones' maxim as the season continues.

Benitez said: "We have to stay calm, don't panic - like Dad's Army - don't panic and carry on doing your job because it's a long, long season.

"I see a lot of sitcoms, which I enjoy. I love the 'Don't panic! Don't panic!'. When I first came, I enjoyed watching Father Ted, Fawlty Towers with the waiter who was supposed to be Spanish, but sounded more Italian. Only Fools and Horses is a big favourite of mine.

"I used to watch My Family, Blackadder, and the Vicar of Dibley, I watched them all. They were great fun. They helped me relax and now I watch them all.

"My English was poor when I first arrived - as it still is - but I used to listen to the Beatles to improve it. I watched the sitcoms for that as well, but I couldn't always understand the Peckham accent."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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