The long suffering Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern are now viewing their many pint glasses as firmly half full with reports claiming they have finally secured a deal to keep a hold of manager Rafa Benitez.
According to Sky Sports, the Spaniard has finally agreed to stay on Tyneside and continue in his three-year deal despite the club’s relegation into the Championship.
Following the last game of the season, the former Liverpool and Chelsea coach hinted he could be persuaded to stay with the Magpies after receiving adulation from the fans.
Terms are thought to have been agreed that will see the 56-year old continue in the three-year deal he penned back in March and not invoke the relegation clause.
Now, according to the Daily Telegraph, he will be handed a sizeable transfer kitty by those behind the scenes at St. James’ Park in order to mount a serious promotion push next season.
Much maligned owner Mike Ashley is understood to have told managing director Lee Charnley to allow Benitez to reinvest money from players sales into the squad.
The Champions League winner will also reportedly put his own scouting network in place, a departure from the stale process undertaken by Graham Carr in recent seasons.
Will Newcastle earn promotion next season at the first time of asking?
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