“It’s my worst day as a manager. Not just in England, in Spain, too”
“I don’t think it was a tactical problem or about physical conditioning. We need to improve our mentality.
“We need to run, we need to give 100 per cent and be aggressive.”
Benitez, who was lauded by Newcastle fans throughout the match, had his first meeting with Toon owner Mike Ashley last night, admitting his heart is telling him to stay put.
Ashley, at St James’ Park for the first time since August, heard fans singing “Rafa, we want you to stay,” as well as mocking Spurs with chants of “Championship 5, Champions League 1.”
Benitez will seek certain assurances from Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley that he’ll be given the resources to launch a promotion push next season.
He said: “My heart is saying yes. It’s a fantastic opportunity and atmosphere but you have to use your brain too.
“I was open to talk and now I am more open.
“I will try to do the best for me and what is the best for Newcastle. If we go together, it has to be the best for both.”