Benitez has clause to leave if Newcastle are relegated


Rafael Benitez has confirmed his deal to manage Newcastle United contains a break clause if the club are relegated from the Premier League.

Benitez was named as Steve McClaren's successor at St James' Park on a three-year deal on Friday.

Speaking at his first media briefing in the role on Saturday, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss revealed he will be able to walk away if he is unable to lift Newcastle out of the bottom three.

"It [a break clause] is normal," he said. "But I am here to do my best and I'm convinced we can do well."