Do Rafa Benitez's comments already raise questions about his Newcastle future?

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The Newcastle boss has been discussing his players' commitment.

Newcastle United head coach Rafael Benitez is already questioning his players' commitment, according to the Guardian.

Indeed, following a 3-1 defeat at Southampton on Saturday afternoon, the Spaniard was far from pleased with his squad.

Benitez is quoted as telling reporters: "We have to start winning soon and change a lot of things: the commitment, the passion, the character, the way that we play."

But do the Spaniard's comments already raise questions about his future with the Magpies?

Consider two factors. First, this is a manager with an international reputation. Benitez won't be short of offers should he look elsewhere this summer. He could even end up in the Premier League with a different club. Why should he put up with a culture of not trying?

Secondly, Benitez may not be the man to get the most out of these players. The Newcastle boss has been notoriously cold and demanding throughout his career. He was like that at Liverpool and the players at Real Madrid didn't listen to him as recently as this season.

If Benitez can't get the best out of some of the world's best players, how is he going to coax something out of a Newcastle squad that clearly isn't interested in working hard...?

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