Rafa Benitez has opened up about his exit from Newcastle United, stating that the club’s hierarchy did not share his vision.
According to the club last month, Rafa Benitez would leave when his contract expired at the end of June 30. The 59-year-old Spanish manager was expected to call it quits at St James’ Park after failing to agree on a contract extension with owner Mike Ashley for months.
Rafa Benitez joined Newcastle in March 2016 but couldn’t rescue them from the grasps of relegation. However, he chose to stick with them in the Championship and led a charge with ensured their return to the Premier League the following season.
Newcastle has gone on to finish 10th and 13th in the last two Premier League seasons. Benitez went on to appreciate the fans for “three fantastic, exciting and, at times, challenging years”.
“I wanted to stay, but I didn’t just want to sign an extended contract, I wanted to be part of a project,” he disclosed on Twitter.
“Unfortunately it became increasingly clear to me that those at the top of the club did not share the same vision.”