After the dire reigns of Alan Pardew, Steve McClaren and John Carver, Newcastle United needed an imposing figure. Enter Benitez.
On this day: Zurab Khizanishvilli, Geremi, Danny Guthrie; it's fair to say Newcastle are rather more prepared for the second tier this time around under Rafa Benitez.
Newcastle celebrated wildly after coming from 3-1 down to beat Norwich 4-3.
Jordan Pickford has been handed an opportunity by Sunderland this season.
The former Newcastle goalie believes the club signed the right type of players this summer.
Pickford is expected to continue in goal for Sunderland this evening when they take on Everton at the Stadium of Light.
With the Magpies desperate to return to the Premier League as soon as possible, the 41-year-old's advice is worth listening to.
Newcastle United are currently the favourites to win promotion from the Championship.
The former Magpies shot-stopper is now on the books of relegation rivals Sunderland.
The Black Cats goalkeeper believes there's a light at the end of the tunnel.
Steve Harper says Newcastle still need one more signing to make it a 'great window'.
Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper has called on the club to back manager Steve McClaren.
The Hull City goalkeeper wants encouragement, not criticism, when the 21-year-old faces Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.