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.

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

Over 25,000 fans also signed a petition in the Newcastle Chronicle newspaper asking Benitez to stay

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TV presenters and Newcastle fans Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly reacted to the news around their Britain’s Got Talent semi-final duties

TV presenters and Newcastle fans Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were pleased with the news

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