Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern want the same thing as the players this summer – to keep Rafa Benitez at the club for as long as possible.
The future of the Spaniard has been talked about for as long as many in the bar can remember and they are all desperate for the man to remain in charge of the Magpies following his success with the side.
Benitez guided the club to a top-ten finish in last season’s Premier League campaign, without any real investment in the side – something he wants this summer and punters will want the board to give it to him.
Many outside of the club were impressed with the job he had done with the Magpies, including other top-flight teams, with rumours that had started to circulate that he was becoming of interest to others.
Dwight Gayle revealed in a recent interview that he and the other players were nervous about the situation, however, is confident the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss will still be there at the start of next season.
“There was a little bit of concern, but I’m very confident he will stay and be with Newcastle next season,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“All the players want him to stay. They are so thankful for what he has done for the team and a lot of the players have changed their careers for the better.”
Benitez has made it no secret that he would like to stay at St. James’ Park for the foreseeable future, however, he wants assurances from the club’s hierarchy should he commit to his position.
The locals in the Tavern will want something sorted out soon, should any other jobs become available, and will be encouraged that talks have been taking place about extending his one-year deal further.
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