Newcastle fans have had the worst news they could have got this summer with the departure of Rafa Benitez set to happen on Sunday.
That has stuck a dagger through the heart of any of their summer plans, with the search for a new manager further delaying transfer plots already hamstrung by an inflexible policy and a lack of investment.
The fans are likely to be reeling and one of the players, Martin Dubravka took to Twitter to thank Benitez for everything he did for the club during his time at St James’ Park.
He wrote: “Thank you for everything gaffer, for opportunity to work with you, for all of your advice, it’s been a pleasure and I am going to miss it! Wish you all the best…”
And Dubravka had the backing of the Newcastle fans who took to Twitter to support the goalkeeper, with many expecting him to follow Benitez out of the door given the lack of investment at the club.
That would be another hammer blow but nothing can be ruled out for as long as Mike Ashley is at the helm and the club is going nowhere…
Nice one Heco
— NUFC HQ (@NUFC_HQ) June 24, 2019
Rafa’s best signing. Devastating.
— The Spectator's View (@thespectoview) June 24, 2019
All the supporters feel the same way. Love the club, loathe the owner
— ohio toon (@OhioToon) June 24, 2019
Hope I’m wrong but I expect you to follow and I can’t blame you. Best of luck at your new club Martin
— Jack (@JackBryan08) June 24, 2019
Leave, let this club collapse it the only way he will leave…
— hâgan daź (@_d_i_a_h_) June 24, 2019
Well said! And ultimately a brave thing.
Hope you're still here next year Heco… pic.twitter.com/mbRCL9kQg0
— N (from stocksfield) (@N_stocksfield) June 24, 2019
All players should hand in transfer requests on mass or go on strike
— Louise (@wessas68) June 25, 2019
Thanks for everything you and Ritchie are my 4 year olds hero I pretend you two send him tops for Xmas etc 😂but there is no career progression at the toon any more
— Daniel Keating (@DanielK19594026) June 24, 2019
Do what is best for you and your career and get out now unless a takeover happens 😂
— Paul (@Paul14boss) June 24, 2019
You goin too mate?
— John (@downt0wn) June 24, 2019
Hand in ur transfer request TODAY son
Get out while u can
Get as far away as u can
— Lefteris (@LefterisToon) June 24, 2019
Breaking my heart
— something something (@phillherring) June 24, 2019