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Rafa Benitez pictured at St James's Park

The Spaniard is expected to be confirmed as manager this afternoon Credit: North News

Rafa Benitez has been pictured at St James's Park this afternoon.

Newcastle United are today expected to confirm that the Spaniard is staying on as Manager in the Championship.

The 56-year-old had a break clause in his contract allowing him to leave in the event of relegation and it was initially thought he would move on this summer.

The club are expected to make an official announcement this afternoon.

Benitez 'agrees to stay' at Newcastle

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez Credit: PA

Newcastle United are today expected to confirm that Rafa Benitez is staying on as Manager in the Championship.

The vastly experienced Spaniard had a break clause in his contract allowing him to leave in the event of relegation and it was initially thought he would move on this summer.

But the 56-year old believes he can make a success of the job on Tyneside after receiving assurances about his role within the club.

Benitez also admitting the fantastic reception he was given by Newcastle fans, even after relegation, helped convince him to stay.

This is what he said after the Magpies final game of the season, the 5-1 win over Spurs on May 15th.

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Ajax winger Fischer in talks with Middlesbrough

Viktor Fischer celebrates his equaliser for Ajax against Celtic in the UEFA Europa League last season Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Middlesbrough are understood to be closing in on a £3.8m deal for Ajax winger Viktor Fischer.

It's believed the 21-year-old was allowed to leave an international training camp with Denmark and is expected on Teesside for talks over a possible summer switch to the Riverside.

If the deal goes through, Fischer would be Aitor Karanka's first signing since the club were promoted back to the Premier League.

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McClaren contacts Rotherham but unlikely to be appointed

McClaren contacted Rotherham about the vacant managerial position. Credit: PA

Former England and Newcastle manager Steve McClaren contacted Rotherham about the vacant managerial position, but he is unlikely to be the Millers' new manager, Press Association Sport understands.

The 55-year-old, who was sacked by the Magpies in March after an ill-fated tenure at St James' Park, is keen to get back into work and surprisingly mooted a possible interest in the Sky Bet Championship Millers.

But that contact is not expected to develop into anything stronger.

McClaren, who would have been the Millers' most high-profile manager since Emlyn Hughes in the 1980s had he ended up in the New York Stadium dugout, will now wait for another opportunity to come up as he aims to repair a reputation that was badly damaged during his nine-month stay in the north east.

He was in charge for 28 Barclays Premier League games after joining from Derby last summer, with a 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth proving fatal and he left Newcastle in the bottom three, a position they were unable to recover.

Rotherham are looking for a third manager in seven months after Neil Warnock U-turned on an extension to his short-term deal last week and are beginning the interview process this week.

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Travel advice for fans heading to Sunderland for England game

Travel advice has been issued to Sunderland fans heading for the Stadium of Light this Friday.

Roy Hodgson’s side face Australia in an important warm up game ahead of next months’ UEFA Euro 2016 tournament.

Credit: England team that lined up against England at the weekend

DRIVERS

  • North: From the A19 and follow signs for A1231 Sunderland, then yellow signs for Park & Ride and use the Park & Ride service
  • Alternatively, from the A19 follow signs for A184 Sunderland (North), then either; Roker Seafront or City Centre and use car parks
  • South: From the A19 follow signs for A1018 Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks
  • From the A1(M) follow signs for A690 Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks
  • West: From the A183 follow signs for Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks
  • From the A690 follow signs for Sunderland, then signs for City Centre and use City Centre Car Parks

PARKING

There is no parking available on the stadium complex, with parking immediately around the Stadium of Light also extremely restricted. Residential streets in the vicinity of the Stadium of Light are also subject to Parking Permit restrictions. There is parking available throughout the city, which is within walking distance of the stadium. Full details are available at www.sunderland.gov.uk/parking. Additional spaces are also available at the University of Sunderland, simply follow the signposts.

METRO

There will be a Metro train every 15 minutes during the day between Newcastle and Sunderland rising to a train every five minutes after 4pm, with the high-frequency service continuing after the event to make sure large crowds can get away from the venue safely.

Extra Metro services will be running between Newcastle and Sunderland augmenting the normal service between 9.30pm and just after 11pm. The last train time to Newcastle from the Stadium of Light will leave as normal at 12am (midnight).

BUSES

Go North East is providing enhanced bus services around the Stadium of Light, including areas such as South Shields, both before and after the match.

TRAINS

Sunderland is served by a mainline railway station. For National Rail Enquiries, call 0845 7484 950. Grand Central operate direct services to Sunderland city centre

Glasses raised to Morpeth Town's FA Vase victory

There have been celebrations in Morpeth as the town's football team clinched the FA Vase.

The Highwaymen beat their opponents Hereford FC 4-1 in a thrilling final at Wembley.

While many fans travelled down to the capital to watch the game, others gathered in pubs and bars to see the match unfold.

Each Morpeth goal was greeted with huge cheers, with the biggest celebration left for the final whistle.

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