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Benitez admits January market could decide his Newcastle future

Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez admits the January market could decide his future.

Benitez hinted that if club owner Mike Ashley fails to loosen the purse strings in January there could be consequences — both in terms of his own future and Newcastle's top-flight status.

He said: “I don't want to say whether January will influence [contract talks]. If the team is doing well, it will be easier to talk about the future. If the team is a disaster, it will also be easier to talk about the future.

“But everybody knows that finishing 10th last season was a miracle. If we finish 12th this time, it will not be a disaster. It will be positive. But I can only enjoy it if we win – and at the moment we have lost one game and drawn the other, so I am not very happy."

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