Rafa Benitez will leave Newcastle on June 30 after the club announced that they have failed to agree a new contract with their current manager.The former Liverpool boss has been in talks with the St James’ Park outfit for months regarding a fresh deal but no breakthrough has been forthcoming.He leaves having spent three full seasons with the club in which he oversaw their promotion back to the Premier League and re-established them as a top-flight club. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A statement on the club’s website read: “It is with disappointment that we announce manager Rafael Benítez will leave Newcastle United upon the expiry of his contract on 30th June 2019.”We have worked hard to extend Rafa’s contract over a significant period of time, however it has not been – and will not be – possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives.”Rafa’s coaching staff, Paco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club on 30th June.”We would like to thank Rafa and his coaching team for their efforts over the last three years and their significant contribution to what has been collectively achieved.”We would also like to thank our supporters, players and staff for their patience during a period of uncertainty.”The process to appoint a successor will now begin.”The Magpies had hoped to come to an agreement with their manager before his contract had expired, but it is believed Benitez failed to agree fresh terms with owner Mike Ashley.The 59-year-old has been linked with a move to manage Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang, while Newcastle have been linked with a host of names for their new boss, with the favourite believed to be Garry Monk, who was sacked by Birmingham earlier this month.Burnley manager Sean Dyche has also been named as a potential replacement for Benitez, with former Newcastle man Chris Hughton also reportedly in the running.Newcastle are currently subject of takeover interest from Sheikh Khaled and the Bin Zayed Group, but fans had been hopeful of keeping Benitez at the club regardless of the current situation with the owners.Both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger had been mooted as replacements for the vacant job should the takeover transpire.
The officer said she had been on duty at the square with two fellow officers at 4.45pm. She first noticed the doctor sitting near her on the steps but he moved to sit closer to a couple sitting a step up from him.Miss Anderson said: ‘There was a woman with a very short skirt on. The movement to me seemed unusual.‘He was also shielding his phone. He couldn’t have been shielding it from the sun because there was a lot of shading. He was shielding the screen very closely, so he didn’t want people to see. He didn’t appear to be reading a text message. After he was arrested and the phone was analysed, the officer found out that she was one of his victims. Iddamalgoda, who qualified at the University of Aberdeen in 2005, then made his way to Nelson’s Column where he continued to hold his phone and manoeuvre it around him at waist height. Miss Anderson said: ‘The angle of the iPhone appeared to be waist to chest height. There was one woman in a see-through top doing up her shoelaces and the phone stayed at that level.’Miss Anderson and the other officers approached the doctor. Miss Anderson explained she was a police officer and told him she had been watching what he was doing. She said: ‘I believe his words were, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, it is the first time”, and “I’m sorry, please don’t arrest me”. I arrested and cautioned him.’The officer found four videos on the doctor’s phone which confirmed her suspicions. She said: ‘There was one by the fountain of a lady sitting there in a black skirt. Had she uncrossed her legs, it would have been a very clear view of up her skirt.’ The 32-year-old doctor, a clinical research fellow at Imperial College London, used his mobile to capture videos of women’s thighs, chests and groin areas as he sat in the bustling square last August. A senior doctor of Sri Lankan origin used his iPhone to secretly film women in public places in London – including the police officer who arrested him, a London medical tribunal heard, Daily Mail reported.Dr Thilanga Kasun Iddamalgoda was arrested by a plain-clothes WPC who noticed he was behaving suspiciously as he sat on the steps of London’s Trafalgar Square. He sat outside the National Gallery, surrounded by women dressed for the sunny weather in vest tops, skirts and shorts, a hearing was told.The medic, who is pursuing research into heart conditions, later accepted a police caution for outraging public decency. Giving evidence before a misconduct hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, PC Tiffany Anderson said she was ‘disgusted and upset’ to realise she had been a victim. Another video was of the women he recorded on the steps – but Miss Anderson was shocked to find he had also zoomed in on her own legs.She said: ‘The same film moved on, the phone had gone round to the left filming myself and my legs sitting on the steps behind.‘I was quite pleased that my jumper and bag were between my legs as I was wearing a short skirt. I was disgusted and upset.‘I told him, “That’s me”, and I think he said, “I’m sorry, it is the first time.”’Iddamalgoda was not at the misconduct hearing, which continues. ‘He appeared to have his phone to his right, it appeared to be in the direction of the lady in the short skirt. He was sitting two steps in front of me. I caught a glimpse [of his phone] and it was on camera video.’ read more