It has been confirmed that Rafa Benitez will leave Newcastle United at the end of the month, as the manager failed to agree terms on a new contract.
The news come as a shock, with Newcastle fans having been desperate for the Spaniard to sign a new deal, but the club will instead commence the search for a new manager imminently.
Liverpool supporters took to Twitter to react to the news of their former legend’s departure, with almost all criticising owner Mike Ashley and lauding Benitez:
Shame for both Newcastle fans & Rafa. Both deserve better than Ashley. https://t.co/uq4RnJUYtb
— Taintless Red ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@TaintlessRed) June 24, 2019
Newcastle United is a top club, with great fans who deserve better than the situation they are in with Ashley. #NUFC
— Dijkinho (@Dijkinho) June 24, 2019
Feel sorry for the Newcastle supporters.
— 6 (@AnfieldRd96) June 24, 2019
That’s the barcodes knackered. Feel for the fans. Had bad owners at Liverpool for a few years & it hurt us big time. They won’t get better than Rafa. https://t.co/inTfaOSBed
— James Hapgood (@jammohapgood) June 24, 2019
Rafa gone. Newcastle relegated. Fans deserve better than Ashley.
— SH (@Sennesation) June 24, 2019
It will be intriguing to see who Newcastle target next in the wake of Benitez’s departure, although Chris Hughton and Garry Monk are surely contenders.
One thing is for certain though: they won’t find a better boss than Rafa, who hopefully goes on to find a club where the owner better appreciates his abilities.