By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle fans have predicted an early departure for manager Rafa Benitez on Twitter following the club’s 2-1 defeat at home to Huddersfield on Saturday.
The Magpies suffered a second consecutive league loss by following up their season opener loss to Fulham with the setback against the Yorkshire side, who are the one of the bookmakers’ favourites to be relegated.
New striker signing Dwight Gayle levelled the scoreline on Saturday after Nakhi Wells broke the deadlock, but substitute Jack Payne won the match for the Terriers with an 82nd minute goal.
Benitez took over from Steve McClaren in March and signed an updated contract in June to huge fanfare among supporters following relegation.
But Magpies fans are predicting that the former Real Madrid boss could leave the club within months.
Here are a selection of their Twitter messages:
Can see Benitez leaving soon 😂😂 #NUFC
— Marky Stratton (@Markystrattz) August 13, 2016
Already can't be bothered with #NUFC this season. Looking forward to Benitez leaving before Christmas & being replaced by Lawrie Sanchez.
— Sam (@SBray1994) August 13, 2016
— John Dawson (@JhnDwsn) August 13, 2016
Two defeats on the bounce for Benitez, is the pressure on him already? #NUFC
— North Stand FC (@northstandfc) August 13, 2016
Benitez will be gone by November #nufc
— Dan (@NotDanni) August 13, 2016
Benitez will be away by Xmas when we're 5th bottom. Worst team I've seen since we got relegated in 1989 #NUFC
— Cola (@Percycola) August 13, 2016
— mss trout (@msstrout1) August 13, 2016
Benitez has managed 12 teams throughout his career including Real Madrid, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Napoli.
He has won the Champions League, Europa League and two La Liga titles during his managerial career.
He agreed to stay with the St James’ Park club this summer after suffering relegation to the Championship and he has acted quickly in the summer window in a bid to try and turn around the club’s fortunes.
He has brought Matz Sels, Ciaran Clark and Jesus Gamez to the club and has also invested in Championship experienced players with Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Grant Hanley, Mohamed Diame and Isaac Hayden joining the north east club.
In other Newcastle team news, captain Jamaal Lascelles has guaranteed fans that the club will not lack any personality under his leadership.