It’s the news that all Newcastle fans were dreading to hear – Rafael Benitez will leave his post as manager when his contract expires at the end of the month.
Benitez, 59, has been with the Magpies since 2016 and endeared himself to the fans after getting them promoted back into the Premier League and keeping them in the top flight for two seasons.
The club said in a statement: “It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benitez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on June 30, 2019.
“We have worked hard to extend Rafa’s contract over a significant period of time, however it has not been – and will not be – possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives.
“We would like to thank Rafa and his coaching team for their efforts over the last three years and their significant contribution to what has been collectively achieved.
“The process to appoint a successor will now begin.”
But who is in the frame to take over from Benitez? Scroll down to see the favourites for the Newcastle job, courtesy of Paddy Power via Oddschecker.
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David Moyes – 20/1
Jose Mourinho – 16/1
Chris Hughton – 16/1
Gennaro Gattuso – 14/1
Garry Monk – 10/1
Eddie Howe – 10/1
Roy Keane – 8/1
Mark Hughes – 8/1
Alan Pardew – 7/1
Mikel Arteta – 5/1
Paddy Power are also offering odds of 500/1 to see Ant and Dec become co-managers if you think Ashley will go for an alternative move!
Manager Rafa Benitez will leave Newcastle when his contract expires at the end of June