sport news Rafa Benitez blames Mike Ashley for his departure from Newcastle

'It became increasingly clear that those at the top did not share the same vision': Rafa Benitez blames Mike Ashley and Newcastle hierarchy for his exit from the club in letter to fans

By Max Winters For Mailonline

Published: 07:02 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 07:08 BST, 1 July 2019

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Rafa Benitez has seemingly blamed Mike Ashley and the Newcastle hierarchy for his departure from the club.

Benitez penned an emotional letter to Newcastle fans on Monday morning following his exit, thanking them for 'three fantastic, exciting and challenging years'.

The Spaniard left after the club failed to agree a new contract with him and Benitez has admitted a lack of vision and long-term planning from those at the top was the reason for his exit.

Rafa Benitez has seemingly blamed Mike Ashley and the Newcastle hierarchy for his exit

Rafa Benitez has seemingly blamed Mike Ashley and the Newcastle hierarchy for his exit

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

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