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Newcastle confirm Benitez departure

Newcastle United have confirmed that Rafael Benitez will be leaving the club this summer.

Just when things look like they are on the up at St. James Park, Newcastle United are thrown into turmoil once again, with Benitez deciding against signing the new deal that had long been on the table.

The Spaniard has been at odds with controversial owner Mike Ashley for a number of months, with the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss looking for significant backing.

However, with takeover talk having quietened of late, the Magpies have today confirmed that the 59-year-old will leave the club next week.

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“It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benítez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on 30th June 2019,” a statement on the club website reads.

“We have worked hard to extend Rafa’s contract over a significant period of time, however it has not been – and will not be – possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives.

“Rafa’s coaching staff, Paco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club on 30th June.

“We would like to thank Rafa and his coaching team for their efforts over the last three years and their significant contribution to what has been collectively achieved.

“We would also like to thank our supporters, players and staff for their patience during a period of uncertainty.

“The process to appoint a successor will now begin.”

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