RESENDING WITH UPDATED TEXT SHOWS: NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND, UK (FILE MARCH 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
RAFA BENITEZ WALKING ONTO THE PITCH AT ST JAMES' PARK WITH A SHIRT WITH HIS NAME ON THE BACK 2.
BENITEZ WITH THE SHIRT 3.
BENITEZ WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE MAY 2019) (REUTERS PICTURES - EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (MUTE) 4.
STILL - BENITEZ GESTURING DURING A NEWCASTLE UNITED MATCH AGAINST FULHAM NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND, UK (FILE MAY 2019) (ACTION IMAGES VIA REUTERS PICTURES - EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (MUTE) 5.
STILL - BENITEZ GESTURING DURING A NEWCASTLE HOME MATCH AGAINST SOUTHAMPTON 6.
STILL - BENITEZ HOLDING HIS HEAD DURING MATCH LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE MAY 2019) (REUTERS PICTURES - EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (MUTE) 7.
STILL - BENITEZ GREETING VISITING LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP STORY: Manager Rafa Benitez will leave Newcastle United when his contract expires on June 30, the Premier League club said on Monday (June 24).
Benitez, 59, was expected to depart after failing to agree a contract extension with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley over the last few months.
With the uncertainty over whether or not Ashley will sell the club ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, there appeared to be plenty of obstacles for both parties to overcome.
"It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benítez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on 30th June 2019," the club said in a statement.
"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." Former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss Benitez joined Newcastle in March 2016 but failed to save them from relegation from the Premier League.
The Spaniard stayed in charge and led them to promotion from the Championship, then stabilized the club with a 10th-placed finish on their return to the top-flight and then 13th last season.
Newcastle said the club was beginning the search or a new manager.