Rafa Benitez will leave Newcastle at the end of June

Rafa Benitez will leave Newcastle at the end of June

Manager Benitez had been in negotiations with the club over an extension to a three-year stay defined largely by the Spaniard's frustration at Newcastle's transfer activity.

The Newcastle United fans, despite being very supportive of Rafa Benitez have held a number of protests throughout his time as manager, due to the running of the club and Ashley's involvement.

Benitez, 59, has spent the past three full seasons at Newcastle after he joined in March 2016 but failed to save them from relegation from the Premier League.

The club says "it has not been - and will not be - possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives".

The retired cricketer previously got ripped apart by some Newcastle fans on social media for saying that Benitez would not be forgiven for leaving the club while on Jim White's talkSPORT show.

"Without Benitez in the hot-seat, Newcastle are out to 13/8 from 11/10 to celebrate a top-half finish, while it's 10/3 from 11/2 that they are sent back down to play Championship football for the first time since 2017". "But we have to do things right".

That will not happen as the uncertainty over Newcastle's future remains, while Benitez has been linked with a move to manage in the Chinese Super League.

Rafa Benitez will leave Newcastle United at the end of his contract at St. James' Park.

"Rafa's coaching staff, Paco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club on 30th June", the club added. "The process to appoint a successor will now begin", Newcastle United said.

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.

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