Rafael Benítez sends public farewell message to Celta Vigo

Rafael Benítez has this afternoon taken to social media, to bid an emotional farewell to La Liga outfit Celta Vigo.

As much, of course, comes after the Spanish tactician was sent packing by the Celta brass a little over 24 hours ago.

After a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Real Madrid at the weekend left the Celestes just two points clear of the drop zone in Spain’s top-flight, the decision was made for Benítez to be relieved of his duties on the touchline with immediate effect.

The former Liverpool boss has since been replaced at Balaídos by Celta reserve team boss Claudio Giráldez.

Having only taken up the reins in Galicia last summer, it is safe to say that Benítez’s return to his home country will not have gone at all how he envisioned upon first putting pen to paper on terms with Celta Vigo.

And as much was made clear in the latest social media post on the part of the 63-year-old on Wednesday afternoon.

Taking to his official ‘X’ account a short time ago, Benítez unveiled a heartfelt message, detailing his initial hopes of building a ‘three-year project’ at Balaídos.

The post also features a thank you to those behind the scenes in the Celta boardroom, as well as the tactician confirming his belief that his now-former players will ultimately go on to stave off relegation this season.

Check out some of the highlights, as well as Benítez’s message in its entirety, below:

“Our paths separate sooner than expected. As I have repeated since I arrived in Vigo, I came very excited to help develop a three-year project but, in a time of constant change, the club has decided to end this relationship.”

“We left having defended the club, the project and the players at all times. Knowing that we have made mistakes, we must not forget where we started from, where we wanted to go and everything that has happened to us along the way. Therefore, being out of the relegation zone kept our confidence intact.”

“Wishing many future successes for the Real Club Celta de Vigo, one more Celtista bids a grateful farewell.”

Conor Laird | GSFN

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