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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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Carver says Rafa deal would ease pain of relegation

Keeping Rafael Benitez at Newcastle United would ease the pain of the club's relegation, according to former Magpies boss John Carver.

The 51-year-old, who had a five-month spell in charge of Newcastle last season, believes the club would be given a boost if the Spaniard stays at St James' Park.

Ant and Dec hope Benitez will stay at Newcastle

Ant and Dec are hopeful that Rafael Benitez will stay on as manager at Newcastle United next season.

The Geordie duo, who are lifelong Newcastle fans, believe the Spaniard is the right man to turn around the fortunes of the recently relegated Magpies.

Benitez had earlier claimed he would leave St James' Park if the club were relegated to the Championship but the Newcastle boss has since said a decision over his future could be made in the next few weeks.

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