Rafael Benitez confirms break clause in Newcastle contract should he fail to avoid relegation

New Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed there is a break clause in his contract should he not manage to keep the Tyneside club in the Premier League.

However, the 55-year-old Spaniard is convinced it will not be used, as he attempts to pull off a ten-game rescue mission.

Benitez’s appointment was announced on Friday, following the sacking of Steve McClaren, and he will send out his Magpies team for the first time at leaders Leicester on Monday evening.

Speaking to the media at his unveiling at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon, the new Magpies manager said: “Yes [there is a clause].

“Some people can see this as special, but it’s normal.

“I am coming here trying to do my best to stay in the Premier League and if I have a compromise for the future, it’s because I am convinced that we will do well.

“I want to stay here – that means that I want to win from Monday.”

Newcastle went into the weekend sitting in 19th place, one point adrift of safety, and Benitez faces what he admits is a “massive” challenge to drag the club to safety.

However, he insists he would not have taken the job if he did not feel he could pull off a great escape.

He said: “I am here because I believe we can do it, for sure. I said before, we have enough quality in the squad. We need to give confidence to our players, to organise the team in the way that we want to do things, and I think we can do it.

“It will be difficult, for sure, but again I will say the atmosphere of the fans, everybody in the city is helping, so hopefully we can do well.”

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