Date: 24th June 2019 at 1:37pm
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Former striker Mick Quinn has called the decision to part ways with “sad and embarrassing”.

The Magpies announced on Monday afternoon that Benitez was to leave St James’ Park when his contract expires at the end of the season, after the Spaniard and owner Mike Ashley failed to thrash out an agreeable extension.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, Quinn – who works on talkSPORT’s Weekend Breakfast show – added that what he “feared the worst” was happening.

OPINION

Quinn is exactly right with these comments. Newcastle are a club that should be looking forward, and now that they have let go of Benitez, there is a chance the club will be looking over their shoulders again. Benitez worked wonders in the three full seasons he was in charge, and the club had solid foundations laid to move forward. They finished in solid positions in the Premier League table in those three seasons, and had lots of reasons to be excited for the coming seasons. But it seems that neither side has been willing to budge from the impasse that has been reached, and that has forced the club to make up their mind and part ways with the manager. One thing is for sure: it will be an interesting few weeks for Newcastle. They must now work to appoint a new boss, before that manager has to add several players to this squad to keep them in the same position Benitez had got them to.