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‘More lies’ – These Newcastle fans react to Mike Ashley’s comments on Benitez

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‘More lies’ – These Newcastle fans react to Mike Ashley’s comments on Benitez

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has spoken out about manager Rafa Benitez’s recent exit from the club. 

The Spanish coach spent just over three seasons in the hot seat at St James’ Park. In that time, he led the Magpies to promotion back to the Premier League, and then to impressive, consecutive mid-table finishes in the top flight. He achieved all this with a limited transfer budget at his disposal and with a mediocre squad.

However, he recently quit the Tyneside outfit and quickly took up the Dalian Yifang job in the Chinese Super League. Soon after his departure, Benitez released a statement, as quoted by The Chronicle. The 59-year-old said, “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.”

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Now, Ashley has hit back at the former manager. The Sports Direct mogul has claimed that Benitez left simply to seek more money elsewhere. Ashley said, “if you come out and say the things he did you would think it was football club first, Rafa second, money third. I’d say it was money first, Rafa, then the club last. He took the totally soft option, took the money and went to China.”

In his time with the club, Benitez was loved by the Newcastle faithful. Ashley, meanwhile, is a hugely unpopular figure with the fans – and for good reason. This is reflected in many Newcastle supporters’ responses to his comments. 

 

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