'Who else', 'Class act' - Newcastle fans all asking same question after win v Arsenal
Newcastle United fans have all been left asking whether manager Rafael Benitez should be awarded the Premier League Manager of the Year award after seeing their side beat Arsenal on Sunday.
Goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie turned the game on its head after Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring at St James’ Park, handing the Magpies their fourth consecutive victory after beating Southampton, Huddersfield and Leicester City in recent weeks.
Their resurgence in form, with just two defeats to their name in 2018, has seen them scramble away from the relegation battle at the bottom of the table to sit in 10th, just a point behind Everton, with five games left to play.
Following victory over the Gunners, the Newcastle faithful stormed to Twitter to question whether Benitez could be handed the end of season accolade, with names like Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola and Burnley’s Sean Dyche named as his main competitors for their respective successes.
Here, Football Insider rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Manager of the season. Lowest spend in the PL. a championship standard squad. Unbelievable manager
— Michael Middleton (@MichaelMidd90) April 15, 2018
Why is he not in the MOTY talks? I get how Dyche has done an amazing job, but Rafa is doing this with a squad that was 95% playing Championship last year, and it's the youngest squad in the league.
— Dell (@agbnufc) April 15, 2018
Rafa must be up there for manager of season with the amount spent, class act ! #NUFC
— Dan Kelly (@dankelly13) April 15, 2018
He should be MOTY but voting was done weeks ago, I think if it was done now Dyche would get it but Pep will have it wrapped up now even tho he spent over 100m.
— Toon (@01ddunn) April 15, 2018
Manager of the season @GaryLineker ????
— GPM (@Geoff_NUFC) April 15, 2018
Manager of the season..
— David Tench (@DT3NCH) April 15, 2018
— Jane Dowson (@JaneDowson) April 15, 2018
What an incredible job this man has done. Not a day goes by when I'm not thankful that he's a part of #nufc. Manager of the season, but what he's done for this club and this city is worth so much more. pic.twitter.com/wovsBCFUcE
— Anthony Wright (@tonezone0) April 15, 2018
Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t care who “officially” gets it, there’s only one man worthy of Manager of the Season. Who else could do this with a Championship team? @premierleague #inrafawetrust #nufc #NEWARS pic.twitter.com/357iRZvj8o
— Mark (@NUFCRafalution) April 15, 2018
The Magpies’ two defeats since the turn of the year have come against high flying Liverpool and Manchester City, while they have not lost to a side outside the top six since a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Everton, the side who Newcastle face next week.
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