As Rafa Benitez commits to managing Newcastle in the Championship, we look at how hes gone from Real Madrid to Englands second tier in 12 months. JuneAfter winning the Coppa Italia in his first season in charge, Benitezs two years at Napoli had ended in disappointing fashion in May 2015, with the team missing out on Champions League qualification on the final day of the Serie A campaign. However, despite the clubs fifth-place finish, speculation Benitez was set to be appointed by Real Madrid was rife. Bernabeu to Burton Rafa Benitez managed Real Madrid in front of 80,148 against Barcelona at the Bernabeu in 2015/16. Next season he will take Newcastle to Burton Albion in the Championship, where the capacity of the Pirelli Stadium is 6,912. On June 4, it was confirmed - Madrid-born Benitez, a former coach of Reals youth and B teams, was going back to the Bernabeu. Rafael Benitez and Real Madrid president Florentino Perez at his presentation Benitez, a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti, said at his appointment: Its an emotional day, a very special one. I have worked very hard to achieve success and return home, which was an aim of mine. The cycle is completed but I hope it lasts a long time.The Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey are our objectives, as Madrid must win each game. Benitez gives instructions to Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale JulyBenitez began his Real Madrid tenure with globe-trotting friendlies in July. From Australia to China, comfortable wins over Manchester City and Inter Milan were sandwiched by goalless draws with Roma and AC Milan. However, the main focus was on how Benitez was attempting to fit Gareth Bale into a No 10 role, while keeping star man Cristiano Ronaldo happy.Off the pitch, Benitezs wife was making headlines after claiming her husband was, once again, clearing up Jose Mourinhos mess at one of his former clubs. If she takes care of her husbands diet, she will have less time to speak about me, retorted a less-than-impressed Mourinho.August Benitez oversees Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid training August brought the start of the 2015/16 season - but a goalless draw at Sporting Gijon was far from an ideal beginning for Benitez. If he was in any doubt about how closely his every result would be scrutinised while in charge of Los Blancos, the media storm in Spain - slamming his defensive approach, despite Reals 27 shots at goal - would have made the enormity of his task quite clear.A 5-0 home win over Real Betis next time out silenced the critics... temporarily. September Five games, four wins, 15 goals and only one conceded followed in September as Reals La Liga and Champions League campaigns gathered pace - although Benitez was left bemoaning Reals finishing after a 0-0 draw with Malaga.Hes the best coach Ive ever had, said Real Madrid president Florentino Perez - no doubt a satisfying compliment for Benitez, given the fact Perez had previously appointed Jose Mourinho. Benitez to stay at Newcastle Rafa Benitez and Newcastle have struck a deal to see him remain as manager, according to Sky sources OctoberReal remained unbeaten through October - although a 1-1 draw at rivals Atletico Madrid drew more criticism of Benitezs style - and victory over Las Palmas at the end of the month ensured a third-straight week at the top of the La Liga table. Benitez steered Real Madrid to the top of La Liga NovemberNovember started with a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain at the Bernabeu but would turn out to be the month which sparked the beginning of the end for Benitezs tenure at Real Madrid.A 3-2 defeat at a Sevilla side which had been defeated in three of their last four outings was Reals first loss of the season. The result left Real three points behind rivals Barcelona going into the international break, with El Clasico next up. And thats where the wheels truly came off.Goals from Neymar, Andres Iniesta and a Luis Suarez brace handed Real a humiliating 4-0 defeat in front of their own fans, left them six points off the pace in the title race and threw Benitezs future into doubt.Perez moved quickly to dispel rumours Benitez was to be sacked imminently but it would be a defeat the manager would never recover from, despite the team bouncing back to win five in a row. A heavy defeat to Barcelona threw Benitezs future into doubt DecemberBenitez saw his Real Madrid team crush the majority of their opposition in December, winning 4-1 over Getafe, 8-0 against Malmo, 10-2 at home to Rayo Vallecano and 3-1 versus Real Sociedad. However, a 1-0 loss at Villarreal had further damaged the clubs title hopes ahead of the winter break.January Benitezs final game in charge of Real Madrid was against Valencia Real Madrid started 2016 with a thrilling 2-2 draw at Gary Nevilles Valencia - but it was to be Benitezs final game in charge. He was dismissed the following day, with the team four points behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid and two points behind Barcelona, who had a game in hand. A lot of people, for different reasons, have made a caricature out of him, but he is one of the top 10 managers in the last decade, said Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague at the time. He has won trophies everywhere.In England, I think we are feeling he has been harshly treated, and he has regained some credit, and that some people feel sorry for him. I think everybody knows what a difficult club Real is, and what Benitez can bring to a team. Benitez hit out at his treatment at Real Madrid FebruaryIn February, Benitez spoke out about his time at the Bernabeu, defending his record, criticising president Perez and admitting his frustration at having his work cut short.Benitez also revealed a desire to return to management in the Premier League.March Newcastle had 10 Premier League games remaining when Benitez took over Just two months after battling it out for the Champions League and La Liga with Real Madrid, Benitez returned to management at relegation-threatened Newcastle. Benitez penned a three-year deal - which significantly included a break option, should the Magpies drop out of the Premier League - and had 10 games to save Newcastles season. Cmon Toon Army! The club and I need your total involvement, Benitez said on his appointment. Benitez signed an initial three-year deal with Newcastle, which included a relegation break clause Despite a 1-0 defeat at Premier League leaders Leicester in Benitezs first game in charge, there were hints at an immediate improvement from a side which had lost five of their previous six, and a late leveller in the Tyne-Wear derby with Sunderland a week later was a significant boost.April Newcastles survival hopes were seriously dented at the start of April, though, with back-to-back defeats - first to fellow strugglers Norwich, and then Southampton. Even two wins and two draws in the next four - including hard-fought ties with Manchester City and Liverpool - couldnt lift the Magpies out of the drop zone. Benitez takes training at Newcastle MayA 0-0 draw at already relegated Aston Villa, followed by Sunderlands midweek win over Everton, sealed Newcastles fate but a 5-1 thrashing of Tottenham on the final day was at least some reward for the improvement made under Benitez.The performance thrilled the St James Park faithful, who sung in support of Benitez throughout the game and afterwards Benitez said his heart was telling him to stick with Newcastle and lead them in the Championship next season. Benitez salutes the Newcastle fans, who were an important factor in his decision to stay on as manager And on May 25, Sky sources revealed Benitez had agreed a new three-year deal to remain as Newcastle boss.Next up for the Spaniard? Planning for trips to Burton Albion and Rotherham, as he seeks an immediate return to top-flight football with the Magpies. Also See: Benitez to stay at Newcastle Wijnaldum devastated by drop Custom Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys . 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LOUIS -- The St.Slaven Bilic is hoping Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney does not make his long-awaited comeback against West Ham on Wednesday after labelling the striker the best England player of his era. Rooney is in contention to play some part of Uniteds FA Cup quarter-final replay against the Hammers at the Boleyn Ground having played just over an hour for the clubs U21 side on Monday.The 30-year-old has been missing with a knee injury since a 2-1 defeat at Sunderland on February 13 but manager Louis van Gaal hinted he could be involved in the cup tie. Rooney, like United as a whole, has struggled this season and has scored just seven Premier League goals - seeing his starting berth for England brought into question given the goalscoring form of both Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane.United sit fifth in the table - four points adrift of Manchester City in fourth spot - and were beaten 3-0 at Tottenham on Sunday. Rooney played 61 minutes for Uniteds U21s in the 1-0 win over Middlesbrough They return to London as underdogs against a West Ham side looking to win their final ever cup tie at the Boleyn Ground ahead of their summer move to the Olympic Stadium.But Bilic is a big fan of Rooney and insists he would be happy to see Englands all-time leading goalscorer sit out the contest altogether.Asked if Rooney had a point to prove given his lack of goals, Bilic replied: I dont know about that. LVG: We must contain Carroll Louis van Gaal says Man Utd will need to nullify the threat posed by Andy Carroll... To be fair I am a massive Rooney fan. Since he stepped on the pitch in an Everton shirt. He is for me - I dont know, I cant talk about Jimmy Greaves or Bobby Charlton or Bobby Moore or any of them - lets say my football era, Rooney is the best English player.I would rather him not play, put it that way. 100 per cent, 70 per cent fit, I would rather him watch the game.He played last night, him and Phil Jones. I dont know. On one hand, most of the teams on a good run, they dont change the team a lot.Now because they lost 3-0 we really dont know whos goinng to play, is it going to be Rooney from the start, is it going to be (Marouane) Fellaini, is it going to be (Ander) Herrera? Is he going to change a lot or stick to the team? Slaven Bilic hailed Rooney ahead of the final FA Cup clash to be held at the Boleyn Ground We dont know.dddddddddddd So it makes it harder for us. But we arent going to change the team because of them.West Ham sit just a point and a place behind United in the Premier League table and still have to face Van Gaals side in what is scheduled to be the last-ever competitive fixture at the Boleyn Ground when they meet in the league next month.Uniteds season has been a forgettable one so far - but Bilic knows they can turn on the style at the drop of a hat and that a Wembley semi-final date with Everton on April 23 is anything but a given. Charlies FA Cup prediction Charlie Nicholas tips West Ham to progress to the FA Cup semi-finals over Manchester United... When asked if United had lost their fear factor, the Croatian said: Yes, but they can get that fear factor back during the game.To get it back on paper you need a good run, you need five games, you need big wins against big clubs, to get it back before the game.But during the game, they can get it back like this. And they have done it so far. What worries me a little bit is that every time they were there, they got a result. Whether against Liverpool at the beginning of the season, or against Arsenal, every time. So make no mistake. We know that. Of course we are not going to make our players be afraid of them, no. But respect them.We know who is coming. They are capable, of course they are capable. They have played hundreds of games like we are going to face tomorrow night, those players.Follow West Ham v Man Utd on skysports.com and via the Sky Sports apps. 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