Football League 2016-17 season: 16 things to watch out for

From Rafa Benítez and buoyant Burton to stingy Stubbs and Tony Xia’s healthy Villa, what to look out for in the English Football League for 2016-17

Rafael Benítez feels loved but it is hard to forget that 12 months ago he was preparing Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for a season where Real Madrid ended up winning the Champions League long after the manager’s departure. Instead Benítez is at St James’ Park, readying Newcastle for the Championship and repeatedly saying he is excited about the challenge that awaits. Nothing short of an immediate return to the top flight will be accepted.

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