According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Rafael Benitez could look to shake up Newcastle United’s youth academy and medical departments if he opts to stay on at St. James’ Park.
Benitez’s future at Newcastle is currently up in the air, as he debates whether to stay on following the Tynesiders’ relegation.
Benitez has a clause in his contract, which means that he is now free to leave Newcastle at the end of the season.
The Spanish boss was initially expected to depart if Newcastle did drop into the Championship, but there have been suggestions that he could now stay.
Newcastle reportedly held positive talks with Benitez yesterday, with the North East side desperate for the former Real Madrid boss to stay, even though their relegation has been confirmed.
Newcastle feel that Benitez is the perfect man to take them forward, and the 56-year-old is apparently considering sticking around.
If Benitez does stay with Newcastle he wants full control of transfers, and he could also look to make changes in other departments.
Benitez wants to see more youth prospects coming through, and he is also keen to reduce the level of injury problems at the club.
As a result, it is suggested that Benitez could look to appoint people he knows to take charge of Newcastle’s young players and look after their medical department, as he seeks to have complete control over footballing matters.