Newcastle United v Chelsea

Newcastle United's English defender Jamaal Lascelles clears from Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne during the English Premier League football match between

Newcastle United's English defender Jamaal Lascelles clears from Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne during the English Premier League football match between

If this is Antonio Conte's final Premier League game as Chelsea manager there will be a collective shrugging of shoulders in west London, but the prospect of Rafa Benitez leaving Newcastle United sends a shudder of fear across Tyneside.

Benitez has made clear that he is unhappy with the lack of funds afforded to him over the past year, being forced to rely on small-money signings and loan arrivals.

'I would also like to applaud the players, led fantastically by the captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Chelsea's loss means they finish this campaign in fifth place, which is a remarkable fall from grace for a side that won the Premier League title at a canter last season.

Earlier, Benitez, when pressed on his future, said: 'What I would like is to be sure that the team is able to compete to finish above 10th.

'Rafa, as always, has my full support, and contrary to some media reports that portray me as a pantomime villain, I will continue to ensure that every penny generated by the club is available to him.

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The main agenda of the flag display aside from the continuation of trying to better the atmosphere is in a way of paying tribute to the players and staff of Newcastle United but most importantly, express the love for the catalyst.

Benitez insists he would like to remain in his current role, but he does not want to spend next season battling in the bottom half of the table.

He has made pledges of financial support in the past, only for Benitez to be left frustrated as a succession of transfer moves broke down. In this case, we are lucky enough to have [Isaac] Hayden, Mikel, Jonjo and more, because all of them can play.

The Dickensian rule of the Mike Ashley era has brought about many changes with those of us who have followed Newcastle before his time here suffering the most, whilst the younger fan was born into an era of fabricated blind loyalty with very little chance of building lasting foundations.

"If he can do that with that squad...could you imagine what he could do with some backing and some finance".

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