Rafael Benitez confirms he will leave Newcastle United at the end of June when his contract expires.
The Spaniard failed to negotiate a new contract with the Magpies, so a departure will be the end result after three years at St. James’ Park.
Rafa Benitez and the ownership of Newcastle United began new contract talks at the end of the 2018/2019 season. The Spaniard managed to land Newcastle a strong 13th place last season with a semi-decent squad. Frustrations with poor recruitment seem to be the deciding factor as to why Rafa Benitez has decided to end his reign as the Magpies dugout.
The club announced their disappointment in the decision in a club statement which read: “It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benitez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on June 30, 2019,”
It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benítez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on 30th June 2019.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 24, 2019
In addition, the club confirmed that Benitez’s coaching staff will also depart. Paco De Miguel Moreno, Antonio Gomez Perez, and Mikel Antia, respectively, will leave the club along with the Spaniard.
Rafael Benitez and his staff were initially offered a one-year contract with no assurances of transfers what so ever. Benitez is a world-class manager, having guided Liverpool to their famous 5th Champions League trophy in 2005. With Liverpool, he managed to win the FA Cup in 2005/2006 as well as, the Community Shield in that same year. He also has two La Liga titles with Valencia in the 2001/2002 and 2003/2004 season, and the UEFA Cup in the same year.
Following his departure, the favorites to take over as the Magpies boss is ex Birmingham boss Garry Monk, Bournemouth’s boss Eddie Howe, and Manchester City’s assistant manager, Mikel Arteta.
Both Micky Quinn and Gary Lineker reacted to the news, with both of them expressing their delight on Twitter.
Well I feared the worst,and its happening Rafa leaving @NUFC
They offered him a one year contract and no assurances,Rafa is a World Class Manager he loved his time at the club and its another sad and embarrassing day for this big club
— Mick Quinn (@mickquinn1089) June 24, 2019
Rafa Benitez is to leave @NUFC. Awful news for the club and their fans.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 24, 2019
It’s hard to imagine what would happen to the club following the departure of Benitez. The club has been categorically against supporting their managers with funds to land players worthy of Premier League status. Club owner Mike Ashley has a big decision to make if we take into consideration that Rafael Benitez was Newcastle’s biggest asset.
If the next manager doesn’t get backing from the owner, we could see Newcastle playing in the Championship again following next season.