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Rafael Benitez Stays As Newcastle United Manager

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Rafael Benitez is staying as Newcastle United manager after signing a new three-year contract following their relegation from the Premier League.

The 56-year-old Spaniard was appointed in March following Steve McClaren’s sacking but failed to keep the Magpies in the top flight.

He had a break clause in his contract if Newcastle were relegated and was widely expected to leave the club.

“The love I could feel from the fans was a big influence for me,”

he said.

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Former Liverpool, Chelsea, and Real Madrid boss Benitez will have control over “all football-related matters” at the club, Newcastle said.

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

added Benitez, who has also managed Valencia, Inter Milan and Napoli.

“The main thing for me is that I have assurances that we will have a strong team – a winning team.”

Benitez, who was sacked by Real in January, took over with Newcastle one point adrift of safety.

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Despite losing only three of his 10 matches in charge,the Magpies were relegatedwith one game of the season remaining as north-east rivals Sunderland survived.

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