With Newcastle now looking like they will avoid relegation once more, Keown insists that he must be offered whatever he wants in negotiations over a new contract - attributing the players recent upturn in form to influence from the manager..
“[Benitez has] done it on a shoestring, new signings come in at the right time, and they look like they will be playing Premier League football again next season.”
Benitez has remained loyal to the St James' Park faithful though despite being linked with a number of other Premier League jobs over the past year. He was touted as a potential candidate to replace Claude Puel at Leicester over the past week or so, and was also previously linked with taking over at West Ham.
But his impressive record, coupled with the recent record signing of Miguel Almiron and promise of further investment in the summer, will undoubtedly increase the chances of Benitez signing a new deal, particularly as he has shown a willingness to commit to the club.
Source : 90min