Rafa Benitez celebrates Newcastle win over Stoke

Newcastle fans excited by what Rafa Benitez did after Stoke win

Stoke 0 – Newcastle 1

It was a tale of two managers at the Bet365 Stadium on New Year’s Day.

Under pressure Mark Hughes saw his Stoke side beaten at home thanks to a solitary goal by Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez.

With 18 minutes to go, Charlie Adam gave the ball away in the middle of the park and Jacob Murphy was allowed to advance down the right.

Murphy played an inch perfect ball in for Ayoze Perez to slam home the winner.

It was an enormous goal for Newcastle, who now cap off a fine Christmas and new year period.

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And, all under the cloud of a takeover that could happen in early 2018.

For Mark Hughes, the writing now appears to be on the wall.

Rafa Benitez speaks with Eric Choupo-Moting at full time

Newcastle fans all hailed Rafa Benitez after the win. See below.

Whilst Benitez made changes and grabbed four points from two matches against Brighton and Stoke, Hughes did the same and was on the end of two Stoke defeats.

After the victory, Newcastle supporters spotted Benitez speaking with Stoke’s star man Eric Choupo-Moting and many are hoping that an unlikely transfer might be on the horizon.

Choupo-Moting played for Hamburg, Mainz and Schalke, so there is not a clear link to Rafa Benitez from his previous clubs.

Some Newcastle fans have suggested that Benitez often talks to opposition players after Toon matches.

Rafa Benitez speaks with Eric Choupo-Moting

Rafa Benitez speaks with Eric Choupo-Moting

Newcastle fans hail Rafa Benitez!

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