Newcastle manager hints at a shock long-term stay

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez could be in line to stay at the club EVEN if they are relegated, report the Daily Mirror.

The Spaniard was a shock appointment on Tyneside in March following the prolonged sacking of Steve McClaren and has made a good impact ever since.

Though it took him a while to record his first win with the Magpies, the former Real Madrid coach appears to have instilled at least some belief that they can stay up.

He has a break clause in the deal he penned which allows him to leave St. James’ Park should the club down.

However, the Champions League winner has hinted that he could in fact remain in charge of the Toon Army even if they drop down.

It would be quite the change in fortunes for the ex-Liverpool coach, who started the season in charge of Real Madrid.

‘People say I am cold, but I am professional’, he stated in his pre-match press conference.

‘To stay at a club where the fans love you is really important to me, but at the same time I have to win so I have to find the right balance.’