Rafa Benitez could stay on as Newcastle manager following 'positive' talks

The Spaniard would be tasked with bringing the magpies out of the Championship

Rafa Benitez could stay on as Newcastle manager following 'positive' talks

Owen Humphreys / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Rafael Benitez has said that he could stay on as Newcastle manager after opening discussion with the club about his future.

The Spaniard succeeded Steve McClaren at the helm in March but failed in his efforts to save the Magpies from a second relegation in seven years, winning just twice in nine attempts. 

"We have to talk, we will have more meetings and then we will see what happens,' said Benitez.

"What we said in this meeting is 'we will have more meetings' so it was very positive in terms of the things we were discussing and I can say to the fans that we will continue.

"I am quite happy with everything here. 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 are working as professionals and we are talking and I think in a couple of weeks maximum, maybe, we will have an idea.

"But if I am here and I am discussing these things it's because in my head it's a chance, it's a good chance."

Nigel French / PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 56-year-old added that he has been overcome by the support, and wants his side to rally when they play Spurs tomorrow. 

"I'm really happy with the reaction of the fans. I'm really impressed with them. That's it. Tomorrow they will show their appreciation and we will try to do well for them.

"That is the reason why I'm sitting here and considering the future in a very positive way and an open mind. We have to wait until this conversation next week."