Browsing: Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez and Chris Hughton, two respected coaches known for fashioning more than the sum of the parts from their squads, swiftly departed, with surprise replacements Graham Potter and Steve Bruce – two managers some would argue representing contrasting philosophies – subsequently installed.

Rafa Benitez’s side have lost five of their last six Premier League fixtures at St James’ Park, but do come into the game on the back of two wins against Stoke City and Luton Town in the FA Cup third-round last weekend