Rafael Benítez's Newcastle Departure Spells Doom For The Magpies

Newcastle United fans were sad to hear this morning that manager Rafael Benítez would not be re-signing with the club for the 2019-20 season.

The club and manager split after being unable to negotiate a new contract that assured Benitez the necessary funds to be competitive and challenge for a place in European competition.

Benitez has had an illustrious career, having won a Champions League title with Liverpool and two LaLiga titles with Valencia. He has also arguably been Newcastle’s most beloved manager since Bobby Robson led the Magpies to the Champions League in the early 2000s.

Benitez won the over the hearts of Newcastle fans almost immediately after joining in the spring of 2016, when he announced that he would be staying with the club despite its relegation. Rafa would go on to secure promotion back to the EPL in his first full season with the club before leading Newcastle to midtable EPL finishes over subsequent years.

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Fans will blame Benitez’s departure on owner Mike Ashley, who has a reputation among the fan-base as an owner who focuses less on results and more on the team’s bottom line.

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Many have already taken to Twitter, with fan-groups and pundits alike demanding Ashley to step down after not securing a deal with Benitez.

With Benitez’s departure, Newcastle are relegation favorites, with betting sites like Paddy Power even joking about how the manager leaving significantly hurts Newcastle's chances of staying up.

It appears as though fans have no ill-will towards Benitez himself, whose tenure seems only to garner respect from Newcastle supporters and players alike.

No immediate replacement for Benitez has been named.

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