Rafael Benitez named Manager of the Month

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez poses for photographs as he is presented with an award for Winning the Barclays Manager of the Month Award at The Newcastle United Training Centre on December 13, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Getty Images)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been named the Premier League’s Manager of the Month for November

After a dreadful start to the 2018/19 campaign, last month saw a turn around in fortunes for Benitez with Newcastle winning all three of their league matches against Fulham, Bournemouth and Burnley.

The Magpies moved out of the relegation zone and currently occupy 15th-place in the league table after 16 games.

“It’s always good to win trophies,” Benítez told the club website.

“Obviously I would like to win more manager of the months, as it would mean that we are in a better position in the table.

“It’s always positive, it’s always good, and it’s good also for the staff and everybody who is helping you.

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“Everybody has to be congratulated for this kind of thing. Always, in any club, it’s not just the manager – it’s a lot of people behind the scenes who are doing a great job.”

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling was named Player of the Month for November.

Newcastle will take a trip to the Kirklees Stadium to face Huddersfield Town in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday at 16:00 (CET).