Andros Townsend confident Newcastle will be able to keep Rafael Benitez beyond this season

St James Park

The Spaniard will be able to leave the club in the summer if they are relegated from the Premier League.

Andros Townsend has insisted that he is confident that Newcastle United will do enough in their final eight games of the season to convince Rafael Benitez to stay on as manager, the Chronicle reports.

The former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss has a get-out clause in his contract that would allow him to leave the Magpies in the summer if they are relegated from the Premier League (via Chronicle), but Townsend has claimed that the squad are determined to ensure that he has no reason to depart St James' Park.

"Getting Rafa Benitez to come to Newcastle just shows how big the club is," he told the Chronicle.

"He's won everything around the world and managed the best players, so it can only be a positive for us.

"We can stay up this season and we can keep one of the best managers at Newcastle."

Despite Townsend's confidence, Newcastle will have to start turning their results around if they hope to stay up come the end of the season. 

They are without a win in their last five games, and know that a continuation of that run in their next encounter would be a huge blow for their survival hopes as they face fellow strugglers Norwich City at Carrow Road.

However, they can take plenty of confidence from the way they have played since Benitez arrived at the club. While they have not secured a win from their two games under the Spaniard, they have put in two impressive displays that have hinted that they do have the fight in them to keep their heads above water. 

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