Newcastle United news: Benitez in job talks, McClaren keeps counsel

Rafa Benitez
Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez's future is the main talking point on Tyneside in the wake of Newcastle United's relegation.

Benitez has a clause in his deal allowing him to walk away from the job now the club has been relegated.

But the 56-year-old hasn't ruled out staying on at St James's Park, and he has held "productive" talks with Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley.

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Captain Fabricio Coloccini has also spoken about the impact Benitez has had at the club ahead of Sunday's final game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.

Benitez succeeded Steve McClaren at Newcastle in early March, and the sacked head coach is yet to speak about his dismissal and the club's relegation.

McClaren had been due to appear on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday, but he has been replaced as a guest by ... Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce.

Writer Miles Starforth has had his say on McClaren's tenure and the mistakes of the past nine months.

Meanwhile, United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has spoken about the club's relegation.

Find out what he had to say here.

Finally, a Newcastle defender has been offered a new deal at the club.