Rafa Benitez has now been at St James Park for 365 days.
Formally agreeing to join NUFC on Friday 11 March, with Newcastle fans not quite believing that this was happening.
After suffering Pardew, Carver and McClaren, it scarcely seemed possible that a manager of the stature of Rafa Benitez saw the potential in amongst the disaster zone that had been created under Mike Ashley’s watch.
One year on and Newcastle United are now in a great position to make that instant bounce back to the Premier League.
Whilst the other relegated clubs have failed spectacularly and sacked their managers, Rafa Benitez has kept his nerve and Newcastle currently stand top of the table, nine points clear of third in the race for automatic promotion.
Thanks to the excellent efforts of Chris Holt, here is a table showing how Rafa Benitez has got on during this 12 months, comparing his opening 46 matches to the Newcastle Managers who have gone before him.
I look forward to seeing how he has got on in his second stack of 46 matches…
Rafa’s first year compared to other NUFC managers’ first 46 games since 3 points
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