Rafa Benitez to remain as Newcastle managerby Jack Kitson / 25 May 2016, 12:02Tweet
Absolutely huge news for Newcastle United supporters as Rafa Benitez has put pen to paper and signed a three-year contract to remain as the Magpies manager. Benitez replaced the sacked Steve McClaren back in March, but despite an improvement in performances and results, the Spaniard was unable to keep the Toon in the top-flight.
Benitez had a relegation clause in his contract, leading many to predict that he would move on in the summer, however after a week of negotiations the former Real Madrid boss is now staying put at St James' Park.
Benitez, who will have full control of transfers and budgets, will be tasked with orchestrating an instant return to the Premier League - as the club did the last time they were relegated - and his troops start the 2016/17 season as the scorching hot 13/5 favourites (Ladbrokes) to win the Championship, although they're likely to face fierce competition from the likes of Aston Villa, Norwich, Derby and Brighton...to name a few.
Rafa Benitez agrees a three-year deal to stay at Newcastle. "F*ck it," he said in a statement. "I can't be bothered packing again."— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 25, 2016