Newcastle United have officially confirmed the exit of Spanish manager, Rafael Benitez. The former Chelsea manager will leave Newcastle on June 30 after the club announced that they have failed to agree a new contract with their current manager. The former Liverpool boss has been in talks with the St James’ Park outfit for months regarding a fresh deal but no breakthrough has been forthcoming.
He leaves having spent three full seasons with the club in which he oversaw their promotion back to the Premier League in 2017 and re-established them as a top-flight club.
Newcastle released an official statement on their website to announce the departure of the Champions League winner. “It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benítez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on 30th June 2019.
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“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.”