Ally McCoist addresses how Newcastle fans handled relegation, Benitez future

Ally McCoist believes Rafa Benitez could stay as Newcastle United boss.

Ally McCoist believes fan power could convince Rafa Benitez to stay on as Newcastle United boss despite their relegation.

Benitez took over for the final eight games after Steve McClaren was fired, and a break clause exists in his contract allowing him to move on in case of relegation, which was confirmed last night as Sunderland clinched survival, also sending Norwich down.

McCoist was a guest for BBC Radio 5 Live as the events unfolded, and listened to Newcastle fans phoning in to express their sentiments.

He praised the supporters, commenting: "Newcastle fans have shown intelligence and realism about the situation, there have been no tantrums.

"That could be because they have seen something in recent weeks that would encourage them they can keep the manager. It wouldn't surprise me if he [Rafa Benitez] fancied it for a season or two."

Perhaps one of the reasons why there has been no over the top hysteria from fans is that relegation has been a fate they have seen coming all season, and so nearly suffered last year.

Former boss Steve McClaren will be remembered even less fondly than John Carver, blowing £80 million on players and being unable to fashion them into a team capable of at least reaching mid-table.

Newcastle have improved under Benitez but it has been too little too late this season.

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