Benitez to receive contract offer
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is close to being offered a new deal by owner Mike Ashley, reports claim.
Benitez's current contract at St James' Park runs out this summer and there are big doubts surrounding his future due to the breakdown in relationship with Ashley over the past season.
The Spanish tactician has been frustrated with the lack of investment and it is thought he could walk away at the end of the campaign if he is not promised more funds.
Ashley, who is still trying to sell the club, did stump up a club-record £21million to sign Paraguay international Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United in January - and it is that kind of deal the manager wants to see more of.
It is being reported the owner is preparing to offer Benitez a new three-year contract worth £15million in a bid to tempt the former Liverpool, Napoli and Real Madrid boss to stay on Tyneside.
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.