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‘He’s going to leave’ – Newcastle United fans on Twitter react to Rafa reports

The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern have been left fearing the worst after reading a story in The Mirror that claims Rafa Benitez wants written guarantees of his transfer budget and powers in the market. This comes after the Spaniard was let down last summer, despite verbally agreeing with Mike Ashley that he’d have £70 million to spend across three transfer windows.

For the Magpies propping our bar up, Mike Ashley letting Benitez down and failing to make funds available has come as no surprise. The Sports Direct owner has developed a reputation for making a profit from the club without giving back, and his lack of investment could force one of football’s greatest managers to walk away from the club. Benitez deal at St James Park expires in 2019 and the club have tabled him a new offer, although he’s reluctant to sign until he knows he has more financial power.

The Spaniard will no doubt be used to working with much more lenient budgets. Having previously managed Liverpool, Chelsea, Valencia, Real Madrid and Napoli, the Spaniard has been taking on an entirely different project in the Northeast and has been succeeding every step of the way. The 58-year-old won promotion from the Championship with the Geordies in his first full season and has now guided the club to a top-ten finish in their first back in the top-flight. For the fans, keeping Benitez at the helm is a must and to see him go cheaply would be one of the worst things the club could do at the moment.

Taking that into account, here are the thoughts of our local Magpies:

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