By Damian Spellman, Press Association Sport
Published: 11:16 BST, 16 May 2019 | Updated: 11:16 BST, 16 May 2019
Rafa Benitez is due to meet Newcastle owner Mike Ashley over the next 48 hours in a bid to decide on his future.
It is understood Benitez will sit down with Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley in London as the two parties attempt to agree a contract extension for the man who has guided the Magpies back to the Premier League and kept them there for two seasons.
There was no comment from Newcastle on the talks on Thursday with officials keen for negotiations to be conducted away from the public gaze.
Rafa Benitez is due for talks with Mike Ashley in order to decide on his Newcastle future
Benitez, who has the vocal backing of the club's fans, has indicated his willingness to stay - but only if the club shares his vision for the way forward.
For their part, the Magpies are keen to retain the services of a man who has enhanced an already impressive reputation during his time to date on Tyneside, but while they do not currently have a Plan B, they will not break the bank to do so.
It remains to be seen how far the gap between what the