Newcastle United are yet to start contract talks with Rafa Benitez.

But the Chronicle understands that both the club and Benitez will begin discussions when the time is right, however, for now both parties are concentrating on the job in hand.

And there is no panic behind the scenes at Newcastle despite the fact job vacancies could soon arise in England and abroad, with several managers under pressure.

Benitez looked far from flustered today as he joked with reporters at his pre-match Press conference for the Liverpool game.