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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.

Former Newcastle player David Ginola 'recovering' after quadruple heart bypass

Former Newcastle player David Ginola declared himself "fine" on Friday after regaining consciousness following a quadruple heart bypass operation overnight - at least that's what was tweeted from his social media account.

The tweet said he had "never slept better" after collapsing while playing football on Thursday.

The 49-year-old attending a celebrity golf tournament in Mandelieu on the French Riviera.

He was taken to the Monaco Cardio-Thoracic Centre, where he was operated on by Professor Gilles Dreyfus.

Professor Dreyfus, quoted in local newspaper Var-Matin, clarified Ginola had not suffered a heart attack but said the coronary arteries supplying blood to the heart had been affected.

"He arrived in a catastrophic state.

"He was unconscious and did not remember anything.

"But it is going well. I have been able to talk to him. He does not show any neurological after-effects.

"He did not have a heart attack but he had very complicated coronary lesions which required us to perform a quadruple bypass. We began the operation at 1900 and finished between 0100 and 0130 (local time, from 1800 to between midnight and 0030 BST)"

– Professor Dreyfus

Townsend hoping Rafa will stay at Newcastle

Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend is hoping Rafael Benitez will remain at the club 'for a few more years'.

Despite Magpies being relegated to the Championship, the Spaniard is understood to be in advanced talks about the possibility of staying at St James' Park next season.

Townsend, who has been training with the England squad ahead of Euro 2016, is hopeful Benitez will commit his future to Newcastle.

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Ginola 'having tests' after reported heart attack

Former Newcastle United winger David Ginola is 'having tests' after reportedly suffering a heart attack in France.

The 49-year-old gave an update of his condition on twitter:

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.

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