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Newcastle want Benitez to stay even if they are relegated

first_img Benitez’s future at Newcastle will be decided in the coming weeks 1 Newcastle United will pull out all the stops to convince Rafa Benitez to remain at the club even if they are relegated this season.Benitez, who took over from Steve McClaren in March, has a clause written into his contract that he can leave if the club drop into the Championship this summer.Newcastle board member Bob Moncur has approached the Spaniard for assurances he is willing to remain at St James’ Park beyond the summer, according to The Telegraph.The former Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss has, however, made it clear is not willing to discuss his future before the end of the season.If he were to stay, Benitez wants assurances that he would be in sole charge of recruiting players, a demand that would most likely lead to departure of chief scout Graham Carr.And owner Mike Ashley will need to be able to offer Benitezz the required transfer funds to re-shape the playing squad. The size of the project on Tyneside is understood to excite the manager, but he remains hugely reluctant to drop down into the lower tiers of English football, so soon after managing Real Madrid.last_img

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