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Rafa Benitez makes a dig towards Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

Rafa Benitez recently made a dig towards Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley after the ex Magpies manager departed and head for China.

He won his first game in charge for Dalian Yifang and revealed how impressed he was at the way he was treated at his new side.

He said in a blog: “Since the moment of our arrival we have really been touched by the kindness and respect that we have been shown. Our hosts have treated us with great consideration and are always keen to make us happy.

“As we all know from experience, in football, just as in everyday life, when people show you respect and affection and do everything they can to make things easier for you, life is much happier, even when you face difficult moments.

“I must say that I have had more meetings with the Chairman, the President and the General Manager this week, than I had in 3 years at Newcastle. They haven’t just been work meetings, rather signs of respect in which we have been able to appreciate the differences and similarities in our cultures.”

When he left Newcastle, he thanks the fans for their unbelievable support, that he wanted to stay and he ‘didn’t just want to sign an extended contract. I wanted to be part of a project’.

He took swipe at the owner, stating ‘it became increasingly clear to me that those at the top of the club did not share the same vision’.

Since then, Steve Bruce has left Sheffield Wednesday in favour for his boyhood club, who he rejected joining as boss 15 years ago.


After finding out Rafa Benitez’ dig towards Newcastle United’s Mike Ashley, fans took to praise him for what he had to say – check out what was tweeted on the next page.


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