Benitez insists he has a good relationship with Newcastle director Charnley

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez and coach Fabio Pecchia

Rafa Benitez has agreed a new three-year deal with Newcastle United.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Speaking to the club’s official Twitter account, Rafa Benitez has insisted that he has a good relationship with director Lee Charnley.

Benitez agreed a new three-year deal with Newcastle on Wednesday, ending speculation about whether he would be staying at the club.

Major changes are expected at St James’ Park after Benitez was given assurances about the level of control he would be given.

A number of exits across the club are likely, with Chief Scout Graham Carr already named as one of those who will be leaving.

Managing Director Lee Charnley is one who will be staying, despite strong calls from the fans for him to leave, and Benitez has insisted he has a good relationship with him.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley (R) in the stands with Managing Director Lee CharnleyNewcastle owner Mike Ashley (R) in the stands with Managing Director Lee Charnley

“From day one, my relationship with Lee Charnley has been really good,” the club’s Twitter account reports him saying.

“I'm very pleased to be working with him. We have to start working - when I finish this press conference, I will start working."

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

It will now be interesting to see what work Benitez will undertake in this summer transfer window.

There are a number of current stars reportedly eyeing exits after their relegation to the Championship and who leaves will likely play a major part in who they look to sign.

Chief among Benitez’s plans will surely be improving the defence, with that area of the team having struggled again this past season.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez applauds fans after the gameNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez applauds fans after the game

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