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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.

Mike Ashley agrees to appear before MPs

Newcastle United owner, Mike Ashley, has agreed to appear before MPs next month to answer questions about conditions at his Sports Direct firm. The agreement is based on the condition that they visit the factory first.

Mike Ashley Credit: PA

The businessman had previously refused to give evidence in parliament over concerns about how workers were treated at the warehouse in Derbyshire. The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee says it will consider his offer next week.

"We can confirm that Mike Ashley has agreed to attend Westminster - provided that the committee members visit the Shirebrook premises in advance to see employment conditions and practices with their own eyes."

– Sports Direct

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Decision on Benitez's future could be weeks away

Rafa Benitez has done nothing to end the speculation over whether he will stay at Newcastle for another season.

Newcastle's head coach is giving his last press conference of this Premier League season, ahead of Newcastle's encounter with Tottenham at St James' Park tomorrow.

The club will be relegated to the Championship at the end of the season following Sunderland's win agains Everton on Wednesday.

Benitez has told journalists a decision on his future at the club could be a couple of weeks away.

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