Benitez delays Toon decision

A decision on whether or not Rafael Benitez will remain as Newcastle boss is not expected to be reached until the season has ended.

Newcastle: Benitez delays Toon decisionNewcastle: Benitez delays Toon decision

The club’s relegation was confirmed on Wednesday as Sunderland’s win over Everton ensured that Newcastle will be playing in the Championship next season.

Benitez arrived at St James’ Park following Steve McClaren’s dismissal in March with just 10 games remaining, signing a three-year deal.

The Spaniard has a clause in his contract allowing him to depart in the event of relegation, however, and there is likely to be interest in the 56-year-old from elsewhere as his reputation has not necessarily been damaged by his failure to guide Newcastle to safety.

Benitez has not ruled out remaining with the Toon and previously has refused to look beyond the survival fight.

It is understood the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss has been encouraged by the support he has been given by the fans, particularly after a tough stint at the Bernabeu, and will hold talks with the Newcastle hierarchy on his future after the final game of the season, at home to Spurs on Sunday.

Benitez is likely to face a number of questions on his future in the build-up to the visit of Tottenham but no decision is expected until the season has reached a conclusion.

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