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Rafael Benitez (Gallo Images)
Rafael Benitez (Gallo Images)

London - Rafael Benitez returned to English football on Friday with the task of saving Newcastle United from Premier League relegation after the struggling north-east side announced the Spaniard as their new manager.

Former Liverpool boss Benitez, sacked by Real Madrid earlier this season, has signed a three-year deal with Newcastle, who are currently second-bottom in the table with just 10 league games remaining this term.

His appointment was announced just hours after Newcastle confirmed that they had sacked former manager Steve McClaren.

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