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As managers go, few have had the impact on a club that Rafael Benitez has had at Newcastle United.

Since arriving at St James’ Park back in 2016, the Spaniard, famed in England for his success at Liverpool, has endured a roller-coaster of emotions with the fans, but, days after his 58th birthday, he stands with the club feeling as united as it has in many years.

After his success at Napoli was followed by disappointment at Real Madrid, it is fair to say that Rafael Benitez is feeling the love once again, and he has galvanised the Toon Army into a true twelfth man for the Magpies.

With Premier League survival all but secured, and the city back onside after so many years of frustration, the future looks awfully bright, and credit has to fall at the door of the Spaniard.

To celebrate his achievements in his two years on Tyneside, as well his birthday, Football Insider picks out the five greatest highlights of his reign at St James’ Park, including the one truly shocking moment which trumps all others.

Click below to check out the list, starting with a match which typified everything about Benitez…