Rafa Benitez has said Newcastle United's “unfulfilled promises” during his three-year spell as manager and a loss of trust were the reasons why he left the Premier League club last month after his contract expired.
Benitez failed to agree a contract extension with club owner Mike Ashley at the end of June and took a job with Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang.
Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley claimed in their opening weekend's match program that Benitez had left “for money”, prompting the Spanish manager to respond and go public with his reasons for leaving.
“Newcastle's board had a year to sort out my contract but, when we met after the end of last season, they didn't make me an offer I could accept,” Benitez wrote in his column for website The Athletic.
“They told me they didn't want to invest in the academy or the training ground... I can explain the reason why Mike Ashley refused to do that.