Date: 24th June 2019 at 5:24pm
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Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media that the club will begin a search for a new manager according to an article in The Times. Rafa Benitez’s contract expires at the end of this month and it is suggested in the report the club have accepted that the Spaniard will leave.

An earlier article from The Times suggested that Newcastle had offered Rafa a one-year extension, but that would be their final offer. The report indicated that the club had inserted a non-negotiable transfer fund of around £50 million. The Times suggests no additional talks have been arranged in an attempt to get Benitez to prolong his stay at St James’ Park.

Newcastle are still in the process of a proposed takeover from the Bin Zayed Group, with earlier claims in The Sun suggesting the buyout is progressing well and the company believes the deal could be completed by the end of the month.

Benitez has spent three years in charge of the Magpies but The Times suggests, as things stand, there would be no way back for the 59-year-old Spaniard, a total breakdown of trust will result in Rafa walking at the end of the week.

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