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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