LIVE: Updates from St James's Park as Rafa Benitez commits to Newcastle United

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez is staying on as Newcastle United manager.

Follow live updates from the press conference here:
The club has announced plans for a 7pm press conference this evening to confirm the Spaniard will be staying on as manager after more than a week of negotiations.

Newcastle reporter Miles Starforth is there with the latest from Benitez, who has already started to identify potential signings for the Magpies.

The Spaniard had also sought assurances over the extent of his remit with player recruitment and disposal a major focus.

Club officials needed to assess whether or not his ideas were workable within their model - one which would have to change significantly from the one they have employed in recent seasons.

But the two parties have now come to an agreement.

The first group of Newcastle players are due to return for pre-season training on June 28, six days after the 2016-17 Championship fixtures are announced.

Follow live updates from the press conference here: