By Max Winters For Mailonline
Published: 07:02 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 07:08 BST, 1 July 2019
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
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