Former Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has slammed the Magpies while revealing the exact reasons why he left the club this summer.
Benitez’s Newcastle contract expired in June following which he signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.
While the Newcastle fans wanted the Spaniard to stick around, the former Liverpool manager had reportedly had a falling-out with the board which resulted in his departure.
Benitez led Newcastle to a 13th-place finish last season despite having a restricted budget. He was in talks to sign a new contract with the club, but left in June after negotiations broke down.
Rafael Benitez slams Newcastle board; claims promises were never fulfilled
The Spaniard has now revealed that years of broken promises had resulted in a lack of trust which forced him to leave the club.
“Newcastle’s board had a year to sort out my contract. But when we met after the end of last season, they didn’t make me an offer I could accept.
“They told me they didn’t want to invest in the academy or the training ground. Their idea of a project was a policy of signing players under 24. In my opinion, the budget available was not enough to compete for the top 10.
“I knew they would not come back with a serious offer. When it arrived, 19 days later, it was for the same salary as three years earlier. And with less control over signings. After three years of unfulfilled promises, I didn’t trust them.”
How will Newcastle respond?
Benitez has since been replaced by Steve Bruce. However, life at Tyneside did not begin as Bruce would have hoped as Newcastle fell to a 1-0 home defeat against Arsenal in their Premier League opener.
The Magpies next face Norwich City as they seek to register their first win of the new campaign.