Rafa Benitez leads Newcastle to promotion but is coy on future

by Jack Kitson / 25 April 2017, 09:02

Rafa Benitez has added a Championship promotion to his long list of managerial honours after successfully orchestrating an instant return to the Premier League following a 4-1 triumph over Preston on Monday night.

The Toon Army were relegated under Benitez last term - although he could hardly be blamed for this - but, as expected, he’s secured an automatic promotion place, while his troops still have an outside chance of hoisting the Championship title for the second time in eight years.

In the aftermath of Newcastle’s 27th league victory of the season Benitez was notably teary eyed, applauding the Magpies faithful for their loyal support.

However, in his post-match press conference the former Liverpool boss was rather cryptic on his future, stating:

“You never know, that is football. I am really pleased to be here, and really happy and proud for everything we have achieved.

“Hopefully, we can put in the foundations for something that will be a guarantee for the future.”

Benitez is undoubtedly keeping his cards close to his chest amidst reported interest from West Ham (14/1) who are debating whether to keep hold of their under-fire boss Slaven Bilic, while he can be backed at 16/1 to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, although the latter is incredibly unlikely to occur.

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