Despite falling to a 2-0 defeat to West Ham at the London Stadium over the weekend, Newcastle United still find themselves in a good period.
Results have been decent overall of late, while the club also recently broke their transfer record after signing Miguel Almiron back in January.
Yet Rafael Benitez’s future at St. James’ Park still remains uncertain with the Spaniard seemingly no closer to extending his expiring deal.
Chronicle Live reports Newcastle have put the onus on Benitez to reopen contract talks after he initially turned down a previous offer from the club just before the new year.
Benitez, however, remains unwilling to do such until Premier League safety is secured with the 58-year-old understandably not keen on spending another campaign in the Championship.
Even so, Newcastle and Mike Ashley’s decision to leave the ball in Benitez’s court is likely to leave supporters feeling frustrated and anxious with the St. James’ Park faithful desperate for their manager to remain on Tyneside.
Given the resources Benitez is working with, the former Real Madrid and Liverpool boss has done a fantastic job at Newcastle, steering the Magpies to a 10th place finish in the Premier League last season following their promotion.
That alone is reason for the club to take a more pro-active approach, even after failing the first time, rather than sit back and risk it all.