Ever since Rafa Benitez’s contract ran out in the summer of 2019, fans have always hoped one day the Spaniard would return. Rumours have circulated in the media multiple times that the beloved manager could come back. However, that day has not come.

Rafa’s had a rough run at Everton

Last summer he became the manager of Everton in a controversial appointment. It’s been a difficult time for the former Magpies boss, as the Toffees sit 14th in the league.

Benitez’s side was on the end of a 4-1 thumping to rivals Liverpool last night. Furthermore, questions are being asked of him and is the odds-on favourite to be the next Premer League manager to be sacked.

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Keep focused on Howe and the project he’s looking to build

Had Benitez been available when Steve Bruce was sacked in October then it would’ve been an ideal appointment. Having said that, this wasn’t the case for the Toon Army.

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Instead, Eddie Howe was appointed and deserves a chance to build his vision on Tyneside. Thus far the former Bournemouth boss has spoken really well and has won the majority of fans over. Additionally, despite not getting his first win yet, the performances have already looked better.

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As well as that, specific individuals seem to have a new lease on life after three games in charge.

£40m man Joelinton has put in two of his strongest performances in black and white against Brentford and Norwich City.

Meanwhile, English midfielder Jonjo Shelvey seems to be more at ease in the middle of the park. Whereas under Bruce it seemed at times he didn’t even want to be playing.

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It definitely could take time for Eddie Howe, but it is clear that Newcastle is in a much better place than they were a few months ago.

With a clear impact on a side that sits bottom of the Premier League, Howe is conveying early signs he could be the right fit at Newcastle. In addition, with fans and players seeming to take a shine to him, that’s surely what any team wants in a manager?

Since taking the job it has been seen by many as a nearly impossible challenge to keep the Magpies up. Should the nightmare become a reality, Howe should definitely stick around.

He’s previously achieved promotion with Bournemouth, taking them to their only stint in the Premier League from 2015-2020. Clearly showing Howe’s experience of promotion and keeping them there.

It will be made easier by the new ambitious owners, who will give Howe more money than he could ever dream of. It could be the dawn of an exciting era on Tyneside, but fans will have to be patient.

Remember the good times, but it seems Newcastle and Rafa may never cross paths again

There were plenty of good times when Rafa Benitez managed Newcastle. Winning the Championship, wins over sides top six teams and his general gentlemanly nature all come to mind.

Certainly, there is nothing wrong at all with reflecting nostalgically on the past. Benitez did offer plenty of that there is no denying it. Having said that, when looking forward Newcastle needs to keep the focus on what they have.

Eddie Howe is just getting started and with hopefully backing in the upcoming window he can keep Newcastle up. You get the feeling Newcastle are on the verge of something with the new owners. Although it will take time for the Magpies to be where they want to be, fans will have plenty to look forward to.

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