Benitez hints at Newcastle stay

Benitez hints at Newcastle stay

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Newcastle manager, Rafa Benitez has confirmed that he is considering staying on as Newcastle manager and will make a decision on his future within two weeks, after holding positive talks with with managing director Lee Charnley on Thursday.

Newcastle’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed on Wednesday night after Sunderland’s emphatic win over Everton and Benitez was expected to leave Tyneside as the ex-Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager was rumoured to have a break clause in the three-year contract he signed with the club. The Spaniard met with Lee Charnley on Thursday – 24 hours after relegation was confirmed and says the talks were positive.

“The meetings were quite positive. We will continue. If I decide to come here it’s because it’s a massive club and we have the fans,” he said on Saturday.

“We have to talk and we have more meetings then we will see what happens. It could take a couple of weeks, maximum.

“If I’m here and discussing it, it’s because there is a chance, we have to keep talking. I am happy to discuss all of these things. I am pleased with the first conversation.

“But can we improve things? Can we change some things? Then it will be easier for me to make a decision. Obviously these conversations are with this idea.

“We need a strong team capable to promote quickly and to compete at the maximum level.

“It’s a question of if we have a structure that can allow the club in the next year and in the future to be as strong and compete in the Premier League hopefully.”

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