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The fans weren't happy to see the former Liverpool boss leave and they haven't been impressed with his replacement Steve Bruce for pretty much the entire time Bruce has been in charge.
On Saturday Benitez revealed in a statement that he'd left Dalian, saying, "Unfortunately, like so many things in the last year, COVID-19 has changed our lives and our projects. From today, both my coaching staff and I will sadly no longer be coaching Dalian."
With Bruce's job under pressure, after nine Premier League games without a win, fans took to Twitter to call for Rafa to come back to St James' Park.
Time to come home Rafa :black_circle::white_circle::black_circle::white_circle: #bringbackrafa- Jonathan Milburn (@JonnyMilburn) January 23, 2021
The pressure has clearly got to the current Newcastle boss in recent weeks, with Bruce admitting his side had been 'absolute sh*te' after their recent loss to Sheffield United.
The former Manchester United captain also hit out at his critics on Friday, referencing his predecessor's results in the north east, "What do you gauge as success? I gauge success last year as matching Rafa's tally of points," Bruce said at his press conference ahead of Saturday's game with Aston Villa.
"He was a world-class manager. Where did he finish (10th & 13th)? Is that success? We matched the mighty Rafa."
Benitez was linked with a move back to Newcastle when the club looked on the verge of a takeover but that isn't the case now.
If Mike Ashley does want to bring the former Liverpool boss back to the club then he may soon have competition. Both Neil Lennon, at Celtic, and Frank Lampard, at Chelsea, are under pressure in their roles and Benitez has also been linked to those roles.
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