Newcastle United supporters could be in for a tough summer, with Mike Ashley still in charge of the club and Rafa Benitez hours away from officially leaving.

Newcastle United’s Sean Longstaff is considering his future at the club after hearing the news that Rafa Benitez is set to leave, according to a report. 

The Daily Star have claimed that midfielder Longstaff, who is a summer target for Manchester United, has been left ‘bitterly upset’ at recent events on Tyneside.

Newcastle announced at the start of the week that the popular Benitez will leave his role when his contract expires on Sunday at midnight, as it seemingly looks like a certain St James’ Park fan favourite in Longstaff could be heading for the exit door also.

At the start of the season, Longstaff was an unknown figure to most neutral supporters, but after a spate of injuries to Benitez’s squad, he was given his chance midway through the campaign and he seized his opportunity with both hands.  

Longstaff’s performances in the middle of the park gave hope to Newcastle fans and it even kept out senior man Jonjo Shelvey, who had to either contend with a place on the bench or outside of Newcastle’s matchday squad altogether. 

The latest news on Longstaff will be of help to nobody at Newcastle and the wound suffered by the Toon Army faithful will only get deeper. 

As tough as it may sound, Benitez is gone and Mike Ashley is still here. Those in the boardroom have done wrong, but they cannot continue that trait going forward.

The club have to ensure that their key players stay on, and are not sold, whilst the new man in charge has to be the right fit for the club, the players and its supporters. 

The Newcastle fans need to see some light at the end of the tunnel and if they allow the likes of Longstaff to leave before they reach that light then they’ll be nothing worth seeing. 

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