Tuesday, 15 October 2019 | 07:11 WIB

Rafael Benitez Set to Leave Newcastle United

Rafael Benitez Set to Leave Newcastle United (skysports)

NEWCASTLE, NETRALNEWS.COM - Rafael Benitez is certain to leave Newcastle United after his contract expires at the end of June. Benitez was reportedly willing to stay, but it turned out that the contract negotiations were still deadlocked until finally he decided to leave.

Certainty about the departure of Benitez was officially announced by The Toon Army on Monday (6/24/2019) /

"With disappointment we announce that Rafael Benitez will leave Newcastle United after his contract expires on June 30, 2019," said a Newcastle statement quoted by Sky Sports.

"We have worked hard to extend Rafa's contract for some time, but not yet and it will not be possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives."

"Rafa's coach staff, Paco de Migel Moreno, Antonio Gomez Perez, and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club on 30 June."

Benitez's career with Newcastle began in March 2016. At that time the team was down and threatened with relegation. After being dealt with by Benitez, Newcastle were still relegated and the Spanish manager was retained.

The decision was not wrong. Benitez immediately brought Newcastle back to the Premier League by winning the 2016/2017 Championship Division. In his last season, 2018/2019, Benitez led Newcastle to finish 13th in the Premier League. It is not clear who the manager will fill the position left by Benitez later.