The former Magpies boss in a column for the Athletic shared that due to Ashley and the Magpies’ other chiefs not fulfilling their promises to him during their three-year spell, he felt he could no longer trust them.
“After three years of unfulfilled promises, I didn’t trust them,” wrote Benitez.
True Geordie focused on this part of Benitez’s column and called the people in charge of Newcastle “clowns” and sarcastically claimed he was shocked with his choice of gif.
“So it turns out after 3 years of unfulfilled promises Rafa couldn’t trust Ashley and the other clowns running NUFC,” wrote the YouTube personality on his verified Twitter account.
So it turns out after 3 years of unfulfilled promises Rafa couldn’t trust Ashley and the other clowns running NUFC. pic.twitter.com/3oPzdmvxmV
— True Geordie (@TrueGeordieTG) August 13, 2019
Benitez lifting the lid on his Newcastle exit and sharing that the likes of Lee Charnley and Ashley had broken promises to him, was no real surprise. The well-regarded manager broke Newcastle hearts when he left the Magpies earlier in the summer once his contract expired, and it was telling that a lot of Magpies fans didn’t blame him for walking away. Benitez guided the Magpies to a 10th-placed and 13th-placed finish in the Premier League as well as stuck by the club when they dropped into the Championship, so you felt that if the owners gave Benitez the support he deserved, then he wouldn’t have hesitated to sign a new contract and stick around. Yet Benitez’s interview shares how the Magpies didn’t really go all out to get him and implied that even if they had promised him the world, it’s not like he could have taken them at face value. When you consider that the Magpies didn’t waste any time breaking their transfer record by signing Joelinton, as per the BBC, shortly after Steve Bruce arrived, it’s hard not to believe Benitez when he implies the owners could have done more to keep him. After all, if they had been willing to spend £40million on signings, the amount invested in Joelinton, when he was at St James Park then he likely would have been more open to staying.