Rafa Benitez has released a statement following his departure from Newcastle outlining that he wanted to stay at the club but that the hierarchy did not “share the same vision.”
Benitez spent three years at St James’ Park after joining following a spell at Real Madrid and led Newcastle to the Championship title in his first season as well as two consecutive mid-table finishes despite having a limited transfer budget.
Newcastle released an official statement last week on Benitez’ departure which read; “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.”
The former Champions League-winning boss’s departure came as a disappointing one for many Newcastle fans and Benitez released his own statement on Monday thanking the fans and club and admitting that he would’ve signed a new contract had those who run the club “shared the same vision” as him.
“Thank you for three fantastic, exciting and, at times, challenging years,” said Benitez in an open letter to fans.
“From winning the Championship, to our two seasons in the Premier League, fans, staff and players have all been united. I wanted to stay, but I didn’t just want to sign an extended contract, I wanted to be part of a project.
“Unfortunately it became increasingly clear to me that those at the top of the club did not share the same vision.
“I’m very sad about that, but I do not regret for one moment my decision to come to Tyneside and I’m very proud about what we achieved together. I will always have you in my heart.”
— Rafa Benitez Web (@rafabenitezweb) July 1, 2019
It is not yet known where Benitez will go following his Newcastle departure but he will certainly be a huge miss to the club who many feel overachieved during his tenure.
Mikel Arteta, David Moyes and Roberto Martinez are just a few of the names reportedly in the hat to become Benitez’ successor at St James’ Park next season.