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Quite shocking what I found on official Newcastle United website after Rafa Benitez forced out

3 years ago

Newcastle United let Rafa Benitez walk away.

Mike Ashley dragged Newcastle further into disrepute by allowing Rafa Benitez to walk away from the club after failing to agree contract renewal terms.

The decision was posted on the club’s website, but you wouldn’t know, that unless you knew what you were looking for.

The image below is what greets you on the home page:

Flogging the new kit.

Not announcing an update on the news that every single fan has wanted for months. Not a heartfelt departure message. Profit.

The actual statement is hidden further down the page.

Just under a link to renew your season tickets (ED: Shocked – When checked this out on my laptop, you had to go down four screens-worth to get to Rafa Benitez leaving story idden away)

The full statement reads:

‘It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benítez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on 30th June 2019.

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.’

136 words.

136 words to thank a man who has reignited a fire inside St James Park over the last 3 years.

136 words to stick a giant middle finger up to the supporters, most of which would give an arm and a leg for Rafa to stay. The treatment of the fan base from Ashley has always been repulsive, but this is a new low.

Rafa Benitez has won the league in Spain twice with Valencia, the Europa League with two separate teams, four separate domestic cups, the Champions League with Liverpool, and has guaranteed Premier League football for Newcastle United, despite the fact he inherited a Championship squad and has had very little investment to work with. And Mike Ashley, a supposed ‘businessman’, has let him walk away from a club that adores Rafa.

Just weeks ago, fans were in a frenzy about the prospect of new potential owners that would re-sign Rafa and give him the funds necessary to progress this squad. At one point, although a little ridiculously, Newcastle were 25/1 to sign Mbappe. Optimism was running through the veins of every Geordie at it’s highest point since we qualified for the Europa League in the 2012/13 season; football was alive again on Tyneside.

Today, Championship bouncy-ball Gary Monk is favourite to replace the best manager the magpies have had since Sir Bobby himself.

Under the Ashley regime fans have seen the club’s first EVER relegation from the Premier League, the departure of passionate managers that care for the club in the form of Keegan, Hughton, and now Benitez, the hiring of ambition-less buffoons such as Kinnear and McClaren, the latter of which performing his trademark ‘destroy and exit’ jobs (cc. Athletico Mince).

Players who played their heart and soul out for the club like Nolan and Gutierrez have been forced out of the exit door with the sincerity of a ten-pence ‘Get well soon’ card and the tenderness of a dyspraxic elephant. The club has fallen from the heights of Premier League title contenders to being touted as a ‘yo-yo’ club, and Benitez’s departure is the final nail in the coffin of Newcastle United Football Club.

Ashley has taken full advantage of the unwavering loyalty of the fan base at Newcastle, hiking ticket prices up YET AGAIN this season, and selling the home strip as the most expensive football shirt in the country. Yet he can’t see the simple solution of keeping Rafa Benitez at the club.

He’s more than a manager; he is a symbol of success, an embodiment of hope. Players want to play for him, fans worship the ground he walks on. Rafa wanted to build a future for Newcastle United, Mike Ashley wanted a quick buck.

Benitez has taken the club from uncertain mediocrity to reliable Premier League performance through his tactics, mindset, and work ethic. In my opinion, he is the greatest thing to happen to the club in my lifetime, if not longer.

Newcastle fans don’t demand success, we demand passion, we demand pride. We want a team that fights, not just on the pitch. Rafa was a temporary sweet relief from the toxic, poisoned heart of Mike Ashley that beats at the core of the club. He has made an entire fanbase fall in love with football again, just when we thought we’d lost hope.

Thank you Rafa, you’ll always be black and white to us.


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