Rafael Benitez is yet to decide if he will extend his stay at Newcastle United following their relegation from the premier League. Photo: AP

Not a hopeless case: Club heroes say optimism is high at Newcastle and Aston Villa despite relegation from Premier League

Both clubs are facing uncertainty over their managers, but Gordon Cowans and Peter Beardsley are hopeful for their clubs next season

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Rafael Benitez is yet to decide if he will extend his stay at Newcastle United following their relegation from the premier League. Photo: AP
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Paul Ryding

Paul Ryding

Paul Ryding is a sports writer who has been based in China since 2007. The Beijing Olympics brought him to the Far East for six months, and the food, the people and the excitement surrounding the rise of sport in China kept him here for far longer (much to his mother's dismay). When not staying up until the small hours watching European sport on TV, he'll be playing soccer or watching archive footage of Liverpool Football Club's glory years