Rafa Benitez has announced that he will make a decision on whether he will remain as Newcastle United manager next season within the next two weeks.
The 56-year-old former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss succeeded Steve McClaren in the St James’ Park hot-seat in March but was unable to stop the Magpies sliding into the Championship.
It had been thought that Benitez would be unwilling to manage in the Championship next season but the Spaniard has suggested that he would not be averse to remaining on Tyneside.
“If I decide to come here it’s because it’s a massive club and we have the fans. I am flattered with them,” he said. “There will be more meetings.
“If I’m here and discussing it, it’s because there is a chance, we have to keep talking. It could take a couple of weeks (before I make a decision), maximum.
“Obviously I’m disappointed as we couldn’t achieve what we wanted. We have another game to play. We must be professionals and do it the right way.”
Newcastle are 15/4 to win their last match of the season against Tottenham who are available at 7/1 to win the 2016/17 Premier League title outright.
Benitez’s first match in charge of Newcastle was the 1-0 defeat at Leicester City and, during his time at St James’ Park, the club won two games, drew four and lost three. They are currently on a five-match unbeaten run.