Loads of Newcastle fans have been reacting to Rafael Benitez’s column for The Athletic, as he revealed the reason for his exit from St. James’ Park.
Newcastle fans were devastated when Benitez left the club this summer, but that didn’t stop managing director Lee Charnley from criticising the Spaniard in Sunday’s match programme.
Charnley claimed Benitez had been offered the fairest deal the club could reasonably afford, but instead chose to move to China for the money.
Benitez has since disputed that, writing in The Athletic: “Newcastle’s board had a year to sort out my contract but, when we met after the end of last season, they didn’t make me a proper offer.
“They told me they didn’t want to invest in the academy or the training ground – if they like, I can explain the reason why Mike Ashley refused to do that.
“Their idea of a project was a policy of signing players under 24 and, in my opinion, the budget available was not enough to compete for the top 10.
“After that meeting, I knew they would not come back with a serious offer and, when it arrived, 19 days later, it was for the same salary as three years earlier and with less control over signings.
“After three years of unfulfilled promises, I didn’t trust them.”
If what Benitez says is true, then it confirms all the suspicions the Toon Army have had about the Mike Ashley regime.
The former Liverpool boss only wanted enough spending to break into the top ten, yet was not set to be granted his wish or given control over the transfers themselves.
This also perhaps confirms the criticism that Steve Bruce may be a “yes man”, as he is seemingly happy to work under such conditions.
Take a look at some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
As if anyone with a morsel of common sense or decency would believe anything that comes from Charnley or #Ashley‘s mouth over @rafabenitezweb Proven liars or Rafa? A simple choice to consider before putting another penny in their pockets. #nufc #BoycottAshley #BoycottSJP
— Stevie_Furious_⚽️?? (@Stephen23024053) August 13, 2019
Its what the majority of us knew anyway, good luck @rafabenitezweb and thank you.
— Geordie Stu (@PW4STU) August 13, 2019
Literally never in doubt! So who do people believe now? Is everyone gonna keep believing the ? the club come out with again and again or actually pay attention to what everyone that leaves says about the people at the top??? #headsinthesand
— mike stringer (@skindog83) August 13, 2019
He was never a puppet dancing to their tune and won’t let them getaway with it.
— Brian Huddart (@Doomlordster) August 13, 2019
Same in the Keegan book, its like groundhog day!
— Nufc42 (@nufc42) August 13, 2019
Rafa has every right to come out with the truth, as this club is trying to paint a bad picture of him. I hate my club
— DAVID NUFC ⚫️⚪️ (@GreenGeordie9) August 13, 2019
— Rob (@robbalucky84) August 13, 2019