Report: Rafael Benitez shocked by the quality of Newcastle United's players, but he's made no plans for next season

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez's future at St. James' Park is unclear.

According to a report in the Chronicle, Rafael Benitez has not made a single request of Newcastle United’s board regarding next season.

Newcastle announced that Paul Dummett had extended his contract recently, but that move was agreed way before Benitez took charge.

The Spanish boss was also happy to sanction the releases of Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan, but he has given no such indications over which players he would like to keep at St. James’ Park if the club go down.

Benitez’s future at Newcastle is already in doubt, and his lack of preparation for next season throws further question marks over whether he will stay if the Tynesiders drop into the Championship.

Benitez has reportedly been shocked by the quality of player in Newcastle’s group, but the North East side realise they will face a fight to keep hold of their better players if they do drop into the Championship.

Newcastle’s relegation is looking more and more likely, and they could be confirmed as a Championship club next season on Wednesday night, if Sunderland beat Everton.

Benitez has a clause in his contract which means he can leave Newcastle if they do slip into the second tier, but the Spaniard is yet to confirm whether he will take that option up if his side are relegated.

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