Will Rafael Benitez still be Newcastle United manager next season?

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez’s time at St. James’ Park hasn’t gone smoothly. The Spaniard has experienced relegation and promotion as Newcastle boss. There has also been a strange relationship between Newcastle supporters and Benitez. On matchdays, the manager has their full support, but away from the stadium, it is clear Benitez doesn’t have the full trust of the Toon Army. Newcastle supporters are looking at the fixture list and seeing the tense upcoming meetings. There are seven matches to go, and Newcastle fans can go to onlinebettingcodes.co.uk to get recent odds and wager on the outcomes of each game.

As mentioned, with seven games to go in the Premier League season, Newcastle are not safe from relegation. Although things look good and Newcastle will play four six-pointers out of their next seven games, Benitez could experience relegation for a second time a St. James’ Park. Even if the Spaniard keeps the Magpies in the top-flight, there is no guarantee he will be in the dugout next season.

Have Newcastle United offered Benitez a new contract?

It was reported this week that Newcastle have offered Benitez a contract extension. The deal would keep Benitez at the club for the long-term, or at least as long-term as football management can be.

Football supporters cannot argue that Benitez has done well this season. The Magpies’ squad was considered one of the weakest in the Premier League when the season began. Newcastle failed to win any of their first 10 league matches. It wasn’t until November 3rd in their 11th game of the season that Newcastle claimed all three points in a fixture. Newcastle fans thus became more confident Benitez can keep them in the league and avoid relegation. Supporters can visit a bookmaker such as Unibet to get more information on odds and wager on the relegation race as it goes down to the wire.

Benitez turned the season around after the slow start. The second half of the term has been better for the Magpies with more consistency. Newcastle have lost just twice in their last nine games while reeling off five wins and two draws. 

Will Benitez get transfer funds to strengthen the squad?

Benitez has begged for more money to spend in the transfer window. In January, he got his wish. Newcastle signed midfielder Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United for £21 million. It was just £1.5m less than Newcastle spent during the summer transfer window. Almiron’s impact was immediate and supporters have fallen in love with him.

The manager has never held his tongue when transfer funds have been discussed. He was vocal at Liverpool about needing money for players following their 2007 Champions League final loss to AC Milan. Benitez was sacked at Inter Milan when he called out Massimo Moratti for more money to sign players. Benitez was backed in January, but will he get funds in the summer if Mike Ashley is still in charge?

Is Newcastle considering a replacement for Benitez?

In spite of reports claiming Newcastle are ready to sign Benitez to an extension, rumours of a replacement for the Spaniard are doing the rounds. Bruno Genesio has been linked to the job by his agent Karim Djaziri.

Genesio is currently the manager of French side Lyon. Since taking over Lyon in his first ever managerial role, Genesio has recorded a 55% win-rate. He is high on the list of clubs around Europe as a possible managerial appointment.

Djaziri revealed the link between Newcastle and Genesio on France’s Foot01 show. Genesio’s contract expires in the summer. Coincidentally, Benitez’s Newcastle contract expires on June 30th, according to Transfermarkt.

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