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Rafael Benitez slams Mike Ashley

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After leaving Newcastle United, Rafael Benitez has broken his silence and lashed out at the club’s owner for not sharing his vision.

Rafael Benitez has blamed Mike Ashley and Newcastle United management for his exit. After writing an emotional letter to the club’s fans, the former Liverpool manager shed light on circumstances that led to his resignation.

The Spanish tactician had become a fan favourite but the ownership’s failure to back their manager in the transfer market led to Benitez choosing not to extend his contract.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Rafael Benitez thanked fans for their support but also revealed that he never got the backing of the hierarchy.

He wrote: ‘Dear NUFC fans, Thank you for three fantastic, exciting and, at times, challenging years.

‘What we have had here – your support, your affection and your passion – has been unbelievable for me. St James’ Park has been always special, the 5-1 win against Tottenham, 15-05-2016, was so emotional that since that day I have always felt as though I belonged at Newcastle and I thank you for making me feel so welcome and at home.

‘Thank you to everyone at the club who has helped the team and of course to the fine players who grew and fought with us and to the staff (one of the best I have ever shared time with).

‘From winning the Championship, to our two seasons in the Premier League, fans, staff and players have all been United. 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.

‘I’m very sad about that, but I do not regret for one moment my decision to come to Tyneside and I’m very proud about what we achieved together. I will always have you in my heart. Best of luck for the future. C’mon Toons!’.