Former Newcastle United striker Michael Owen believes his old club will retain their place in the Premier League, whoever is appointed as manager.
McClaren's stint in charge saw the club average just 0.68 points per game, and suffered swift exits from both domestic cup competitions.
Rafa in the driving seat to replace McClaren. Whoever takes over, I still expect Newcastle to stay up.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) March 11, 2016
Owen's insinuation is that the players are good enough to stay up, but this has not stopped them from being in their current predicament with just 10 games remaining, nor did it prevent their relegation in 2010, when Owen was at Newcastle.
Benitez has a record of managing in the Premier League with Liverpool and Chelsea, and managing to lure him as Steve McClaren's replacement would be a coup for the club.