Rafa Benitez’s heart was telling him to stay, and his bank account will join it in wanting to stay in Newcastle.
The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope is reporting that Newcastle is doing what it needs to do to assure Benitez that he’ll have every advantage, financially and personally, in getting the Magpies back into the top flight after a relegation season.
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He’s won a European Cup, but he has not yet chased promotion to the Premier League.
Sportsmail understands that discussions over the past 24 hours have ‘progressed well’ and that both parties are hopeful of a ‘positive outcome’ after owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley made guarantees to the Spaniard over budget and control.
Sportsmail revealed last Tuesday that Benitez was considering staying on as boss in the event of relegation having previously accepted that he would invoke the break clause in his three-year contract.
It’s the first good sign for the Magpies, who now have to see which players stick around. And that, obviously, is a lot more important for the team’s success.