Newcastle United have appointed Rafa Benitez as their new manager 4 years ago

Newcastle United have appointed Rafa Benitez as their new manager

The Spaniard has signed a three-year contract.

The worst kept secret in the Premier League is out, as Rafa Benitez has been appointed as the new Newcastle United manager, signing a three-year contract.

Earlier today, the club parted ways with Steve McClaren, with Benitez all set to take over the reigns.

The appointment has been confirmed this afternoon, with Benitez releasing this statement:

"I have the pleasure to confirm I have committed to a legendary English club, with the massive challenge of remaining part of the Premier League.

"It will be a challenge not just for me and my staff but for the players, the Club and the fans.

"All of us must push together in the same direction and with the same target in mind. This is the reason why I'm going to ask for your total support to successfully complete this task.

"Personally, it means my return to the Premier League, closer to my home and my family. I can't be happier.

"C'mon Toon Army! The club and I need your total involvement!"

Meanwhile, Newcastle Managing Director Lee Charnley has had this to say:

"I am very pleased to welcome Rafa Benitez to the club. In Rafa we have, without doubt, secured the services of one of Europe's top managers.

"He has managed some of the most successful teams at the very highest level of the game and we are proud to now have him as our manager.

"Our sole focus now is to give our full support to Rafa, his coaching team and the players in order to secure our status in the Premier League."

Cover image via nufc.co.uk.