Date: 21st June 2019 at 5:31pm
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Nine more days until Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle contract is up, but could the Spaniard have already begun packing up his belongings at Darsley Park?

Some United supporters certainly think so after the club modified the product description for our new home kit to remove the gaffer’s name, as it was initially included in the opening line.

Previously, it read: “Show that you’re a true Magpie when you hit St James’ Park in support of Rafa Benitez’s men in this Newcastle United 19/20 Home S/S Replica Football Shirt from Puma.”

However, after some fans caught note of his inclusion, it was changed to read: “Show that you’re a true Magpie when you hit St James’ Park in this Newcastle United 19/20 Home Players Authentic S/S Replica Shirt from Puma.”

Supporters raised their concerns with Benitez’s name being included in the promotion material, while his future at the club is still uncertain, to the club’s Head of Media Content Lee Marshall, who ensured that the correct team responsible for the club’s online store were duly alerted.

The changes were then implemented, but did not stop at the aforementioned alteration, as a further tweak has since been made so that it now reads: “Show that you’re part of the Toon army when you hit St James Park in this Newcastle United 19/20 Home S/S Replica Football Shirt from Puma.”

Including Benitez’s name in the product description for our new home strip comes as just the latest backlash for the club, with supporters initially taken back by the design and not in a good way.

Some dubbed it ‘rank’ and ‘awful’, while another supporter opted to create renders of possible variations that could easily be made so that it would be more appealing on the eye.

It was then revealed just how much the home kit would cost, with Newcastle and Puma charging the Toon fanbase a staggering £65 for the adult home shirt on its own – making it the most expensive in English football.

Now including and then removing Benitez’s name in the product description has sparked a fair amount of concern among the fanbase, even if it was removed due to the uncertainty in the Spaniard’s future…

But while some fans were concerned by the alteration being an indicator to Benitez’s future, there were many who poured cold on the suggestion…

 
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