Angry Newcastle fans protest outside St James’ Park with ‘Ashley out’ banners

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‘Where has all the money gone?’: Angry Newcastle fans protest outside St James’ Park with ‘Ashley out’ banners after Rafa Benitez is let go

  • The Spanish coach’s contract expires on Sunday and will not be renewed
  • Magpie supporters stood in front of St James’ Park with banners and scarves 
  • The unhappy fans held up ‘Ashley out’ banners in protest at the owner’s regime

Newcastle fans have protested outside St James’ Park after the club announced their manager Rafa Benitez is leaving the club. 

The Spanish coach’s contract expires on Sunday and his current deal will not be renewed after Benitez and owner Mike Ashley could not agree terms.

Magpie supporters stood in front of the stadium with a banner that read ’19th richest club in the world… where has the money gone?’.

Newcastle fans have protested outside St James' Park after the club said Rafa Benitez is going

Newcastle fans have protested outside St James’ Park after the club said Rafa Benitez is going

The unhappy supporters held up 'Ashley Out' banners in protest against the owner's regime

The unhappy supporters held up ‘Ashley Out’ banners in protest against the owner’s regime

Newcastle ranked 13th in the Premier League in terms of net spend over the last five years behind the likes of Wolves, Brighton and Bournemouth. 

Benitez guided Newcastle back to the Premier League and kept them up in their first two seasons back in the top flight. 

The Magpies fans were unhappy that Benitez was not given enough funds to strengthen the club and voiced their concerns again on Monday.

The unhappy supporters held up ‘Ashley out’ banners and waved their ‘Toon Army’ scarves.   

Benitez did not know Newcastle United had announced his departure on Monday after Mike Ashley reacted to an email in which the manager said he could see no way forward.

Supporters of all ages stood outside in front of Newcastle's home stadium to voice their anger

Supporters of all ages stood outside in front of Newcastle’s home stadium to voice their anger

Magpie supporters stood in front of the stadium with banners and scarves supporting the team

Magpie supporters stood in front of the stadium with banners and scarves supporting the team

Sportsmail understands Benitez’s last correspondence with the club had been an email in which he had outlined his frustration with negotiations over a contract extension. The Spaniard wanted the promise of more investment, greater control and an improvement on his £6million-per-year salary.

However, he was not expecting Ashley to issue a statement confirming their parting at lunchtime on Monday and he was only informed by a friend while at home on the Wirral.

Newcastle will argue that a plan was in place for improvement and that Benitez had to work within the club’s means – a transfer budget of £50million plus player sales for the season ahead.

Benitez, though, wanted closer to £100m and the power to offer weekly wages in excess of £100,000 for the first time.

Rafa Benitez was unaware that Newcastle were going to announce his departure on Monday

Rafa Benitez was unaware that Newcastle were going to announce his departure on Monday

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