Former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has spoken highly of Newcastle United, and said that he feels they will do well in the Premier League next season.

Karanka earned automatic promotion during his time at Middlesbrough, but failed to keep them in the Premier League, as they were relegated at the first time of asking.

The Spanish manager was speaking on Goals on Sunday, and was very optimistic about Newcastle United’s chances next season.

He said: “I think Newcastle are most equipped to cope in the Premier League.”

“They have more experience and they are a big, big club, even when they were in the Championship. 50,000 people at the stadium, Rafa Benitez is an experienced manager.

Karanka went on to say that he feels Newcastle will fair better than Brighton & Hove Albion next season, but that he was extremely respectable of the job that Chris Hughton had done at the South coast club this season.

He said:” I am really pleased for Chris because he took the team two and a half years ago and they almost got promoted last year, almost were champions this year and he is the kind of person who deserves it.”

Newcastle United and Brighton were neck and neck for the majority of the season, and they both secured promotion from the Sky Bet Championship with relevant ease. Newcastle however won the title on the final day of the season, when Brighton were held at Aston Villa.

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