“The ten games is the main thing, we’ll see what happens after that”
“They are people who know the city and the fans, the passion.
“All of them, Michael Owen who was here as well, they know this is a massive club and if you do things the right way and you can stay in the Premier League you can build and be like a hero in the city, if we can achieve something.
“I was also talking to people in Liverpool and with Owen, Kenny Dalglish, people who know both clubs. They are very similar teams, working-class people and they love football, the passion is there.”
Benitez, 55, admitted the Newcastle job is one he has always fancied.
He said: “When I was in Liverpool I always spoke about Newcastle being a massive club with a great passion for football and great fans.”