Photos: Newcastle United's new coaching staff, including Rafa Benitez, watch the academy in training

The Spaniard is clearly taking an interest in the future of Newcastle United.

Newcastle United recently decided to part company with their head coach Steve McClaren and replaced him with Spaniard Rafa Benitez.

The former Liverpool boss has overseen two games as manager of Newcastle – defeat against Leicester City and a draw with North-East rivals Sunderland at the weekend.

He joins Newcastle with the club in the Premier League relegation zone and it has been suggested he might not be sticking around for long, especially if the club the suffer relegation to the second tier.

But the Spaniard did not look like a man looking for a quick exit earlier today.

He took time in the international break to go and check out the Newcastle United academy. He watched the future of Newcastle in training as he clearly takes an interest in the future of the club.

He also spoke at length with Newcastle United’s academy director Joe Joyce about the development of the young players at the club and was given a tour of the facilities available at the club.

Newcastle have developed the likes of Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor in recent years but considering the hotbed of football that the North-East is the club would certainly be hoping to produce more young players in the future.

A future that may very well involve Rafa Benitez.

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