Report: Mike Ashley still wants Rafael Benitez to stay on as Newcastle United boss

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on December 26, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is due to meet with Lee Charnley to discuss his future and the club's budget.

Newcastle United's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez reacts ahead of the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park in Newcastle-...

According to a report in the Telegraph, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley still wants Rafael Benitez to stay on at St. James’ Park.

Benitez has just months left on his contract at Newcastle, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.


With Newcastle failing to provide him with the funds that he has wanted to invest in the squad, it is widely expected that Benitez will leave unless a compromise can be met.

Benitez will now meet with Lee Charnley in the coming days to try and discuss a potential agreement.

Ashley is said to be keen to tie down Benitez for the long-term, despite the pair having their differences.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

The Telegraph claim that Ashley feels that Benitez has not shown enough appreciation for the financial situation with the Magpies.

But Benitez has always been clear with his demands, that he wants the funds available which would enable Newcastle to compete for trophies.

Newcastle have still not set Benitez’s budget for the January transfer window, and the amount of funds that are made available could have a big impact on Benitez’s decision over whether to stay on Tyneside or not.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez (l) reacts on the sidelines during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on September 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon...

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