Date: 1st July 2019 at 5:21pm
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Today is the start of a new month and the start of a new era at St James’ Park. Although, that could be replaced with error, judging by the reaction of fans on Twitter.

The first of July means Rafa’s contract has officially expired and the club will have to move on from the Spaniard.

The 59-year-old released a statement on his official Twitter page in which he thanked the supporters and stated he would have liked to have stayed, but not under the conditions offered by the club.

He is now expected to sign a lucrative deal to manage Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League, according to a report in The Sun.

The report claims Benitez will be paid £12million-a-year, double what he was paid while on Tyneside.

Commonly when a manager leaves the supporters can be split in opinion. However, the reaction of the Geordie fanbase paints a different picture. In this case, the departing boss has the full support of the Toon Army, and the anger is pointed at Mike Ashley.

The fans took to Twitter to share their gratitude towards Benitez. The If Rafa Goes We Go Twitter account stated ‘You gave us hope where there was none’ whilst another fan posted ‘Rafa, you are irreplaceable.’

 
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