Newcastle confirm Rafa Benitez has left - along with staff

Newcastle confirm Rafa Benitez has left - along with staff

It was recently announced that Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has failed to agree terms for a contract extension with the North East club and will leave on June 30th when his current contract expires.

The announcement arrives amid uncertainty about a £350million takeover which has been rumbling on in recent months, with talks said to have started with several interested parties, including the wealthy Bin Zayed Group, the company of Abu Dhabi royal family member Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan.

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has slammed the "complete and utter chaos" at St James' Park, with "world-class" manager Rafa Benitez being allowed to move on.

Writing in his column for The Sun, he wrote: "What the hell is going on at Newcastle United Football Club?" Now enjoying time away from football following his sacking by Manchester United.

"But the only thing official we have heard from the club this summer is, "We are putting season ticket prices up five per cent" and "This is our new home kit".

"Why can't anyone come out and say what the situation is regarding the proposed takeover, instead of just saying "no comment"?" Where is the respect for the thousands and thousands of loyal fans?

Monk is available following his sacking by Birmingham, where he kept the club in the Sky Bet Championship last season despite a deduction of nine points for a breach of the Football League's profitability and sustainability rules.

The Chronicle reports that Newcastle have identified the type of profile they want in a manager should they have to replace Benitez at the end of June.

Howe has enjoyed tremendous success on a limited budget at Bournemouth, a quality which could make him attractive to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. Benitez has been Newcastle's most popular manager since Sir Bobby Robson led to Champions League qualification twice in the early 2000s.

"But for the club to let someone as talented and as special as Benitez leave for free, it really is a bad situation".

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