Exit of dynamic duo from 2018/2019 campaign remains Newcastle's worst recent decision - TBR View
Prior to the appointment of Steve Bruce, Rafa Benitez was taking charge of Newcastle United in a relationship that had both the manager and those associated with the club deeply in love.
The Spaniard may have only spent just under three seasons with the northeast giants, however, he left a legacy that will last probably last a lifetime.
And one of the people, Benitez left a lasting impression on, is center-forward, Salomon Rondon, who enjoyed arguably his best spell in football under the former Liverpool man.
The Venezuela international was signed by the coach during the summer of 2018 on a season-long loan and had a sensational impact. He scored 11 goals and registered seven assists during his sole term at St James’ Park.
It left a mark on Benitez himself, who in order to remain at the club asked for Mike Ashley to sign the then-West Brom man on a permanent transfer. The request was rejected with both Rondon and the manager departing at the end of the campaign.
Rondon’s been speaking in glowing terms of his former boss, claiming the Champions League winner got him thinking about how he’d score his goals, advice that will ‘stay with him forever’.
It’s scenarios like this that make you wonder why the experienced manager was ever let go by the club. His coaching left an ever-lasting impact on one of his best players and the supporters during his time with the team.
And to make matters worse, Ashley thought it would be smart to hire Steve Bruce, who has shown during his struggles with a talented squad this term, that he’s nowhere near the level of Benitez.
Bad decisions have been made at Newcastle over the last few years, but, the one which saw both Rondon and Benitez leave the club remains the worst of recent time.
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