Report: Rafael Benitez set for Newcastle stay, despite fancying Everton or Southampton jobs

Rafael Benitez is reportedly set to stay at Newcastle United.

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez is set to stay at the club next season after Mike Ashley accepted his demands.

The Spaniard, who left his role as Real Madrid manager back in January, arrived as Newcastle boss back in March following the departure of Steve McClaren, and was charged with the task of keeping the Magpies in the Premier League.

Despite some encouraging results and performances against the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, Newcastle were relegated - and then smashed Tottenham 5-1 on the final day of the season.

Fans turned out in their droves to support Benitez and beg him to stay, given that the former Champions League winner had a break clause in his contract, where he could leave Newcastle upon their relegation.

Now though, the Daily Mail report that Benitez is set to stay at St. James' Park after discussions about his future today, in which he met with owner Mike Ashley.

It's claimed that Benitez made a number of demands about the running of the club, and Ashley has actually accepted the Spaniard's vision, meaning he is likely to stay on Tyneside despite also being interested in jobs at Everton and Southampton.

The Toffees sacked Roberto Martinez last week and Benitez has been mentioned for that job, as has Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, a move which would've opened up the Saints job for somebody - something Benitez was allegedly keeping a close eye on.

The report adds that Newcastle are desperate for Benitez to stay, and are even willing to make changes to their recruitment strategy, which has recently floundered under head scout Graham Carr.

That should give Benitez total control over everything at St. James' Park, which is just what he wants as he looks to implement his long-term vision at Newcastle, starting with promotion from the Championship next season.

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