Newcastle United fans want Benitez to be sacked following defeat to Leicester City

Rafael Benitez has been widely regarded as a hero at Newcastle United after he took over as manager in March 2016.

The Spaniard – who has a CV that includes stints at Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Napoli – guided the Magpies to Premier League promotion at the first time of asking.

The North-East outfit were dumped into the second division at the end of the 2015-16 campaign and responded in fine fashion by winning the Championship in following season.

Newcastle retained their top-flight status in the 2017-18 campaign but they are struggling in the current term.

In seven Premier League matches, the Magpies have failed to win any of them.

Instead, the team have recorded two draws and five defeats, the most recent of which being a 2-0 loss to Leicester City at St James’ Park.

Amid the financial and ownership turmoil at the club, Benitez seemed to be the shining light, but after another disappointing result, some supporters have turned on him.