Newcastle United fans received the news they feared on Monday, when it was confirmed that Rafael Benitez would be leaving the club, and they have been reacting to it on social media.

There has been a long-running saga between the Magpies and the Spaniard over him extending his contract at St James’ Park, with a number of standoffs seemingly hampering any progress.

The Newcastle boss was regularly frustrated at a lack of support in the transfer market throughout his time on Tyneside, but despite those restrictions, he did an amazing job under tricky circumstances.

A takeover of the club has been mooted throughout the reign of Benitez, which has led to uncertainty and at times chaos, so just keeping the Magpies in the top flight was an achievement on its own.

There was seemingly some encouragement for the Spaniard, when Newcastle owner Mike Ashley broke the club transfer record fee to bring in Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United in January, but relations between the two men always came across as being strained.

The Magpies were believed to have been deep in talks with the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss over him staying at St James’, but with no agreement being reached, the club have announced that the popular manager will leave Tyneside when his contract expires at the end of the month.

This was not the news Newcastle fans wanted. They know the trouble their beloved outfit would have been in had they not had a coach of the quality of Benitez at the helm, and are already beginning to fear the worse.

Many Magpies supporters took to social media after the departure was confirmed to offer their reaction, and vent their frustration at the club and its owner, as they prepare to let their biggest asset just leave at a time when he was building something special.

Here are the pick of their posts:

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