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Newcastle boss Benitez: I want Hodgson longevity

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez wants to work in football into his 70s.

Benitez says he wants to stay in management until he is 70 years old, like Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson. Newcastle meet Palace on Sunday.

"At the moment I have to say yes, I will be managing at 70 because I have that passion of football, I like my job," said the Spaniard.

"You have managers doing this job for years because of the energy that we have, the passion and the desire for winning. With the desire for winning I have, I cannot see a normal life for myself.

"My wife and my daughters - but especially my wife - say, 'Hello, haven't you had enough? Stay here'. But at the same time, when you are at home and you are moving plates and glasses around the kitchen in a 4-4-2… they say, 'Go!'.

"But the main thing is to have health. If you are healthy you can continue. I don't drink and I don't smoke, so that's it, I'm fine... touch wood."

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