Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has named his side for the second pre-season friendly against Preston North End at Deepdale this afternoon and Preston now have former Norwich manager Alex Neil (shown above) in charge, replacing Simon Grayson who joined Championship club Sunderland.
Here is the team as just reported on the Newcastle United Twitter account.
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So there is another start for Mbemba at right back (Rafa may be trying to make a right back out of him?) and Grant Hanley is at center-back and the Scottish International is expected to leave the club this summer.
We also expect it to be all change at half time, as Rafa gives as many players a run-out as possible this afternoon including new signings Murphy and Manquillo.
Rafa will also want to keep a winning attitude with his players and even though it’s only another friendly he will still want a win this afternoon
It would be really good to win this game and start a winning streak going – even though it’s only pre-season.
Howay The Lads!!