Former Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez was confirmed as the new boss of Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang on Tuesday, and fans of the St James’ Park outfit have been reacting on social media to the news.

The Spaniard was an extremely popular figure among the Magpies’ support base, having secured their return to the Premier League at the first time of asking when he took over, before stabilising the club in the top flight, but having left Tyneside last week he was not out of work for very long.

Throughout his tenure as Newcastle boss, Benitez was constantly involved in disputes with owner Mike Ashley about a lack of support in the transfer market, which the former Liverpool and Chelsea manager often complained was holding the club back, accusing them of not matching his ambition.

The longer time went on without a change of ownership at the Magpies, the more you got the impression that the Spaniard would end up departing and that is the case.

Any hope the Newcastle fans had of him coming back under a new regime is over though, with Benitez appointed as the manager of Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang, where he is expected to earn a whopping £12 million-per-year.

That has left him facing criticism that he has only left the Magpies for the money, although the view of some is why shouldn’t he accept such an offer when he is now out of work?

Newcastle fans have been reacting to his appointment on social media, with plenty wishing him well, while some have questioned the move, believing that he is better than a job at a league which is relatively unestablished compared to the Premier League.

There was a real mix of messages regarding the development, the pick of which you can catch up with below.

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