Any hope for Rafael Benitez and Newcastle? A history of late Premier League managerial changes

21 Apr

Rafa Benitez has a job on his hands if he is to steer Newcastle out of the relegation zone and to Premier League survival.

When the Spaniard took over from Steve McClaren on March 11, he had ten games to secure the Magpies’ top-flight status and after they lost a thriller to Norwich in early April, it looked like it was mission impossible.

But four points from their last two games – and good performances to boot – have renewed hope among the St James’ Park faithful.

With Aston Villa already gone, it is now going to be two of Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich who join them in the Championship next season.

When Benitez was appointed many thought the board had left it too late, but what does history think of late season managerial changes?

talkSPORT looked over some of the post-January transfer window managerial changes since 2011 to see how they fared in their survival attempts.

Is there any hope for Benitez and Newcastle? Click the arrow above, right, to see what history suggests will happen.


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