Key Newcastle figure to stay if team relegated, but Everton also want him

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has decided that he will stay at St James’ Park should the Tyneside club be relegated according to The Daily Mail, but Everton are also keen on the Spaniard.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss has been brought to the North East in a desperate attempt to keep the men in black and white in the top flight.

However, following a disappointing 0-0 draw with basement dwellers Aston Villa and Sunderland beating Chelsea 3-2, the Magpies looked doomed to be demoted to The Championship.

It is believed that Benitez has a clause in his Newcastle contract that will allow him to walk away from the club should they be relegated, but the latest report suggests that the Spanish trainer will stick it out with the Geordies in the second tier.

A threat to Benitez staying at Newcastle is potential interest for Everton, with the report suggesting that the Toffees are eyeing up the Toon boss as a possible replacement for the under-fire Roberto Martinez.