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."