Rafa Benitez is to leave Newcastle United| ITV News

Rafa Benitez, who steered the Magpies back into the Premier League – and kept them there – will leave on Sunday, when his contract expires.

The world-famous coach has used all his skill and ingenuity to keep Newcastle in the top flight, on a tight budget. Fans have endured months of anxiety and despair, at the prospect of his leaving St James’ Park.

In today’s statement, the club said:

“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.”

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