According to a report in the Chronicle, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez could yet stay for the long-term at St. James’ Park, but he wants to change the club’s recruitment strategy.
Benitez has an exit clause in his current contract which means he will be free to leave should Newcastle be relegated.
With the Magpies sitting six points adrift of safety at the moment, the possibility of them dropping into the Championship is becoming more and more likely.
Yet, the Chronicle suggest that Benitez may be tempted to stay at St. James’ Park, with the Spaniard already making long-term plans.
Benitez has reportedly made contact with Owen Brown, who was part of his recruitment team when he was managing at Liverpool.
The Spaniard is said to be willing to work with Newcastle’s chief scout Graham Carr, but he wants to bring in his own team alongside him.
Benitez reportedly wants a new scouting team at Newcastle, to help him identify players, if he is to stick around for the longer term.