Newcastle United put their faith in Rafa Benitez after sacking manager Steve McClaren on Friday and replacing him with the Spaniard with the club facing relegation from the Premier League 10 matches from the end of the season.
The former England manager, signed a three-year deal to become Newcastle boss in June and was also appointed to the club's board of directors but has been under threat for weeks and speculation intensified after fans turned on him during the 3-1 home defeat by Bournemouth.
"After the defeat to Bournemouth the Club has spent some time considering its position and today concluded that Steve McClaren's employment with the Club will end with immediate effect," Newcastle said in a statement.
Newcastle said Benitez would bring coaching assistants Fabio Pecchia, Francisco de Míguel Moreno and Antonio Gomez Perez with him.
"All of us must push together in the same direction and with the same target in mind," Beniteztold the club website, addressing the 'Toon Army' of fans.
"Personally, it means my return to the Premier League, closer to my home and my family. I can't be happier," added the Spaniard, who kept his home in the North-West after leaving Liverpool.
Former Real Madrid boss Benitez, has only 10 matches to save Newcastle United, with the first of those games coming at league leaders Leicester City on Monday.