Report: Newcastle United director asks Rafael Benitez to stay on

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Newcastle United want Rafael Benitez to stay even if they are relegated this season.

According to the Chronicle, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has been asked to remain at the club, even if they are relegated this season.

Benitez has a clause in his contract which will give him an escape route should Newcastle be relegated into the Championship.

However, the Magpies have been impressed by the impact he has made at St. James’ Park since taking charge and club director Bob Moncur has reportedly already asked Benitez to stay.

The Spanish boss’s response to this request is unknown, with his future still up in the air.

Benitez seems unlikely to drop into the Championship with Newcastle, but he has not yet confirmed that he will be leaving should the Tynesiders drop into the second tier.

Newcastle’s chances of survival took a big blow last Saturday, when they were beaten 3-2 by Norwich City.

Benitez's side looked to be on their way to claiming a vital point at Carrow Road, but a late strike from Martin Olsson meant that they had to leave empty handed. 

The North East side are now six points adrift of safety, and they have just seven games remaining to climb away from the drop zone.

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