Newcastle close in on historic deal for Champions League winner despite relegation

Newcastle United are edging ever closer to officially announcing Rafa Benitez will stay at the club despite their relegation, according to the Chronicle Live.

The Magpies were unable to stave off the drop despite a late resurgence under the Spaniard and succumbed to a second relegation under the ownership of Mike Ashley.

Still, major support from the fans is believed to have tempted the former Liverpool and Chelsea coach to stay even in the Championship if he is given the right kind of assurances.

Positive talks are understood to have been held between the 56-year old and managing director Lee Charnley over extending his stay on Tyneside.

It is claimed that a deal could well be done by the end of the week in what would be a huge win for the often criticised Charnley.

Chief scout Graham Carr will reportedly leave his position at St. James’ Park as the club prepare for a major power shift that would the ex-Real Madrid and Inter Milan coach almost complete power.

That is not something that has been common with the North East giants, even in the days when they were owned by Freddy Shepherd, meaning it will be a total game changer for the club.