Rafa Benitez is staying at Newcastle United.

That is the news that all Tyneside and those black and whites further afield have been waiting for.

Amongst those who in recent minutes have agreed agreement has been reached, are Sky Sports, BBC Sport and The Times.

Rafa Benitez was left in no doubt as to the support of Newcastle fans, with a sold out St James Park for the dead rubber against Tottenham further evidence of that.

Now it is reported, Rafa has it in writing from Mike Ashley that his demands have been satisfied on both budgets and having the final say on player recruitment.

The official confirmation by club and MANAGER is set to happen within the next 24 hours.