Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley Says He Wants Rafa Benitez To Stay On

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Jose Mourinho won his third league title with Chelsea in 2015, but followed up with a tenth place finish the year after.

Ashley issued a statement in the wake of Sunday's 3-0 defeat of Chelsea, which earned Newcastle a 10th place finish on their first season back in the top flight.

But the former champions were humbled by old boss Rafa Benitez's Newcastle, with a brace from Ayoze Perez and a Dwight Gayle strike handing the Magpies a 3-0 win.

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"Newcastle showed great desire, a great will to fight, a great will to take three points and to finish this season in the best possible way".

The visitors were completely flat during the game and looked to be on holiday already, despite having the FA Cup final to play next weekend against Manchester United.

"But we have six days to change our approach, our desire, our will to fight". After a game like this, I am the first person to answer for this bad game.

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"Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season". "But I'm the first person to answer for this".

The Geordies sang Benitez's name throughout this rousing finale, a tribute to all he has done, as his team ended the campaign with a flourish in a comprehensive dismantling of Chelsea's tenuous Champions League aspirations.

Ashley said: "I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season".

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"On many occasions throughout the season they have been described as a championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory".

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