Report: Rafa Benitez could finally sign contract extension following last development

Despite starting the campaign on the most woeful of notes, Newcastle United finally turned a corner and picked up steam in the last few days, securing their first two league victories of 2018-19 following back-to-back victories against Watford and Bournemouth. 
They are still not completely assured of escaping relegation, though, as they currently sit just a point and three places above the drop zone. 
Safety or not, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will most likely leave Saint James’ Park at the end of his contract come season ending, with the reluctance of owner Mike Ashley to invest irking him. 
However, recent reports from the Daily Mirror claims Benitez’s future depends on a sale and that he is unlikely to extend his deal, unless there is a change in ownership. 
A new development to that effect has now taken place, with the same source claiming Ashley recently visited the United States of America to discuss the final stages of a sale of Newcastle, and a potential takeover could be worth £350million. 
The Tyneside outfit was put up for sale last season, with Amanda Staveley favourite to buy at the time, but Ashley refused to sell. 
Despite staying away for 16 months, the club owner has now attended the last seven games in his effort to build a relationship with the squad and manager. 
That might be too little too late at the moment, but a change of ownership will surely guarantee huge investment in the transfer windows, and Benitez will be more than willing to stay beyond next summer and help the club to the next level going forward.

Author: chris darwen