Rafael Benitez hinted after watching his Newcastle United side win 1-0 at Leicester City on Friday that he is set to extend his stay on Tyneside.
Ayoze Perez scored the only goal of the match in the first half with a header from Matt Ritchie's excellent cross.
The victory means Newcastle are 10 points clear of the bottom three although Benitez insists his team are not yet safe from relegation.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea manager, who is out of contract at the end of the season, said after the King Power Stadium clash: "We have been talking about it behind closed doors but we didn't want to talk about it in public because we wanted to keep the players focused on the games.
"Now we are closer it may be easier but there is still the same situation so we have to be sure we do the right things.
"We're not safe yet. I think we are closer but we have to see what happens. We have to be careful.
"For me, 38 points was the mark that you could be safe but Cardiff have won some games so we will see. We are closer and we are confident that could be enough."
Meanwhile, Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers was not too despondent, despite seeing his side's four-match winning run come to an end.
He said: "We found it difficult to break them down but the players gave everything."
Newcastle are 13/10 to beat Southampton next Saturday and 13/8 to keep a clean sheet against Saints.