Newcastle United news: Benitez touted for Everton job, injury worry for Villa

Karl Darlow, Rafa Benitez and Aleksandar Mitrovic

Karl Darlow, Rafa Benitez and Aleksandar Mitrovic

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Rafa Benitez has today been linked with the Everton job as speculation mounts over the future of Roberto Martinez.

Benitez has a clause in his Newcastle United contract allowing him to leave in the event of relegation.

And the club's manager has been touted as a potential successor to Martinez, who could lose his job at the end of the season.

Up to now, the 56-year-old – whose family live on Merseyside – has refused to look beyond the next game.

Benitez, sweating on the fitness of Vurnon Anita, is preparing his players for Saturday's must-win game against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Newcastle climbed out of the Premier League's relegation zone last weekend thanks to a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Sunderland, meanwhile, drew 1-1 at Stoke City thanks to an injury-time penalty from Jermain Defoe.

And Sam Allardyce, the club's manager, has given his team a blunt warning ahead of their matches against Chelsea and Everton.

Finally, United winger Andros Townsend – whose stunning free-kick claimed all three points from Palace – has revealed the secret behind the success of the set-piece.