Newcastle United legend Bobby Moncur has told The Scotsman that he has been speaking to new Magpies boss Rafael Benitez about his future at St. James' Park.
Benitez, 55, only left Real Madrid back in January, but is back in work having been appointed Newcastle's new manager earlier this month, replacing the sacked Steve McClaren.
The Spaniard, who won the Champions League with Liverpool back in 2005, arrives with a huge reputation, having managed the likes of Valencia, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli and Real Madrid during a lengthy career at the top of the game.
Benitez has been brought in to try and keep struggling Newcastle in the Premier League, but has claimed just one point from the first two games against Leicester City and Sunderland.
That leaves Newcastle three points adrift of Premier League safety, and many believe that, should the Magpies suffer relegation to the Championship, Benitez will leave St. James' Park.
Now, Newcastle legend Bobby Moncur has told The Scotsman that he has been speaking to Benitez, asking him whether he will stay on Tyneside - and whilst the Spaniard didn't offer a clear response, he promised that Newcastle won't get relegated, suggesting that he does see a long-term future with the club in the Premier League.
Moncur also told Benitez that he is the future of the club and it would reflect well on him if he stayed at Newcastle, rather than walk away this summer.
"I was trying to get him to commit to the club long-term," said Moncur. "Everyone expects him to leave if we get relegated but I told him he was the future. He could re-build us and hopefully make us great again. I told him I was speaking on behalf of all the fans, those poor, long-suffering folk who sing Blaydon Races in all weathers. I got quite emotional as I was speaking to him and could feel myself welling up. That happens more since my cancer."
"I like Rafa. He’s a football man, very sincere, and he looks you straight in the eye. I told him it would reflect well on him if he didn’t just walk away. But I couldn’t quite get the answer I was looking for, other than: ‘Bob, we won’t be relegated.’ I told him that impressed me, although had to add that I’ve seen more of this team than him and know what they can be like. Plus, I’m a dour Scotsman who tends to look on the black side," he added.
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