Benitez Opts To Stay At Relegated Newcastle

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Former Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez will be staying on with relegated Newcastle, after he signed a three-year contract.

Benitez took over the Tyneside club in March, in a bid to rescue them from relegation, but his six-match unbeaten run was not enough to save Newcastle.

And following discussions with the head honchos at the club, the former Real Madrid manager will stat on with the championship side.

In a statement on the club’s official website, Benitez said: “I am extremely pleased to be staying at Newcastle United.

“The love I could feel from the fans was a big influence for me in my decision to stay, as was my relationship with Lee Charnley and all the staff.

“This is a huge club and I wanted to be part of the great future I can see for Newcastle United.”

Managing director Lee Charnley added: “When we brought Rafa to the club in March, we knew he was a phenomenal manager and everything we have seen from him since has only served to reinforce that.

“We are therefore delighted to have secured his services for the next three years and I believe with Rafa as manager it gives us the best possible chance of returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking and delivering success for this football club beyond that.

“It is clear that Rafa has connected deeply with the club’s supporters and we do not underestimate the role they have played in his decision to stay.”



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