Benitez has endured a hard relationship with the club's owner Mike Ashley, with the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss wanting assurances over the club's ambition before making a decision on his long-term future.
With Sky Bet, the Spaniard stands at a 1/1 odds to take over at Parkhead with the bookies alerted to the fact that Benitez, up until now, is out-of-contract this summer. "This group of players, even in bad times, never had their heads down they were still believing and working hard".
On discussions with Ashley, Benitez said: "We meet hopefully this week and see where we are".
Rondon may well have played his last game for the club, with this fixture marking the end of his loan spell from West Brom. My opinion is a mix of both, however, I do think Newcastle could have done more in some games and at least hit the 50-point mark.
"It is exactly the same line, we will have a meeting for sure and then let you know when we have info", Benitez told the gathered media at his pre-match press conference.
"We just have to concentrate on game. You have to stay calm, wait for the decision of Rafa and after that we will see what happens".
"When a team gets relegated, teams want to come for your best players, we'll no doubt have that problem. We look forward to tackling that".