Rafael Benitez says there is a ‘good chance’ he’ll remain at Newcastle despite their relegation after preliminary talks with the board.
Benitez had a break clause inserted into his three-year contract in the event of being unable to save Newcastle from the drop, and even though he has been linked with a host of top-flight clubs, the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss has revealed he may stay on at St James’ Park.
Benitez confirmed he held encouraging discussions with Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley on Thursday, although he admits there are some hurdles to overcome.
Speaking for the first time since their relegation was confirmed in midweek, Benitez said: “We want a strong team to be promoted to the Premier League again as soon as possible and that is the situation now.
“We have to talk, we will have more meetings and then we will see what happens.
“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.”
Benitez played down reports linking him with a move to Everton, adding: “I have seen the news but I haven’t talked with anyone. At the moment my priority is Tottenham tomorrow and then after the meetings that I will have, and hopefully everything will be fine.
“We’ll see what happens. What happens in football you never know.”