Fabio Pecchia left his role Newcastle United assistant manager last week.
Pecchia has been Benitez’s long term second in command, but the pair have split now.
Pecchia has landed a job as Hellas Verona’s manager, and Benitez has wished his friend well with the move to the Seria A side.
“I would like to congratulate Fabio Pecchia who, until now, has been my 'assistant ' in my recent managerial appointments at SSC Napoli, Real Madrid CF and,more recently - Newcastle United FC,” the Spaniard wrote.
“Fabio Pecchia has just accepted an offer from Hellas Verona and leaves us to return to Italy. To the football league we both fondly know as 'Calcio', he returns to head up an interesting and exciting project in Hellas Verona. For this reason, I'd like to highlight two points: First, I am sad to see him depart as he has been an excellent professional from the first day and until the last in the years we have worked together. Second and most importantly, I am pleased because he been considered for this new position, he leaves to face these new and exciting challenges, both personally and professionally. I wish you all the best, good luck and I can only say thank you for everything, Fabio.”
Pecchia is expected to be replaced at Newcastle within the near future, with Benitez now actively searching for a new assistant to help him next season.
Pecchia’s departure is a blow to Benitez, but Newcastle still remain the favourites to win promotion from the Championship.
Newcastle are also planning to make additions, with the likes of Lee Tomlin and Steven Caulker linked already.