Rafa agrees to stay at Toon

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The Spaniard spent yesterday working on a list of transfer targets and is now pressing ahead with next season’s plans after owner Mike Ashley gave the manager complete control of player recruitment - a first under his stewardship.

Ashley met managing director Lee Charnley yesterday and an announcement is expected before next week.

Charnley - who has been blamed for last June’s appointment of Steve McClaren - is set to survive, as Benitez is comfortable working alongside the former club secretary as opposed to a director of football.

Only an 11th-hour offer from elsewhere could now scupper the deal. However chief scout Graham Carr, after six years at Newcastle, will leave the club as part of the agreement.

Daily Mail

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