Andy Gray considers makes Newcastle manager claim, discusses relegation

Rafael Benitez the manager

Rafa Benitez's Newcastle contract expires at the end of the season.

Avery angry Rafa Benitez Manager of Newcastle United at the end of the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux, Wolverhampton on Monday 11th...

Andy Gray has claimed on BeIN Sports that there would be a queue of managers looking to replace Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United if the club failed to keep the Spaniard - and Gray also reckons the Toon will avoid the drop.

Benitez watched on as his side conceded an injury-time equaliser to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night, with the match ending 1-1 at Molineux.

Newcastle had taken the lead through midfielder Isaac Hayden, before Willy Boly rose above goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to head home an equaliser for Nuno Espirito Santo's side.

 

Benitez is in the final months of his contract and keeping Newcastle in the Premier League is likely to be key to the Spaniard remaining at St. James' Park. Gray believes there would be plenty wanting to replace Benitez.

"There would be a queue of people [to replace Benitez]," Gray said. "It's Newcastle United, it is a giant of a football club. The first person that can go there and win something for the first time in 50 years will become legendary.

"I don't think they're going down. Two are going down and then it is one from the six other clubs, and I do not think it will be them."

Rafael Benitez the manager

Newcastle currently sit in 16th place in the Premier League, just one point above 18th-placed Southampton with 12 games still to play in the top flight of English football.

Owner Mike Ashley will have to make promises to Benitez that he will give financial backing to Benitez in the summer, if the ex-Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool boss is to sign a new deal. Newcastle take on Huddersfield next on February 23.

Rafael Benitez the manager

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