Newcastle announces Benitez will leave as his contract expires this June.
Newcastle have confirmed Rafael Benitez will leave the club this month end as his contract is due expiration on June 30, 2019.
The released a statement pointing the 59-year-old Spanish manager has refused to pen down a new deal as he seems to seek new challenges.
“It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benitez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on June 30, 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 Miguel Moreno, Antonio Gomez Perez, and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club on June 30,”
“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,”
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager leaves Newcastle after three seasons in charge, having taken over from Steve McClaren in 2016 with the club in the relegation zone.