Graeme Souness to replace Rafa Benitez… as Sky’s pundit on Monday Night Football after Newcastle boss withdraws following Brighton defeat
- Benitez was set to be a special guest pundit for Arsenal vs Leicester match
- But his appearance was reliant on Newcastle not losing to Brighton on Saturday
- However, Benitez’s side lost 1-0 and so the Spaniard will not appear on the show
- Regular Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has been drafted in to replace him
Graeme Souness will replace Rafa Benitez… as the analyst on Sky’s Monday Night Football.
Newcastle boss Benitez had agreed to be the special studio guest during coverage of Arsenal versus Leicester.
However, it was always on the understanding that the Magpies needed a positive result against Brighton on Saturday for the commitment to stand and, after they were beaten 1-0, plans were made to find a replacement.
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez was set to be a pundit on Sky’s Monday Night Football coverage of Arsenal vs Leicester – but withdrew after their loss to Leicester on Saturday
Regular Sky pundit Graeme Souness will take Benitez’s place on the analysis show
Sky’s popular Monday Night Football show analyses the weekend’s Premier League action
And it is former Newcastle manager Souness who will step in, with scrutiny of his old club’s nine-game winless start sure to be high on the agenda.
Benitez has a close relationship with Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher – his former Liverpool defender – and it is likely that another appearance on the show will be arranged when Newcastle’s form improves.
Meanwhile, Benitez had a brief conversation with owner Mike Ashley after Saturday’s game and the message is that they should refuse to panic despite being bottom of the Premier League.
The Magpies now face crunch fixtures against Southampton, Watford and Bournemouth before the next international break.
Beram Kayal scored the winning goal as Newcastle were beaten at home by Brighton
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