'I HOPE RAFA REMAINS AT NEWCASTLE'
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley hopes manager Rafa Benitez stays at St James' Park next season.
The Spaniard, whose side smashed Chelsea 3-0 at home on the final day of the 2017/18 season, secured a 10th-place league finish in the table, however, the Magpies owner says the former Real Madrid and Valencia coach has his full support.
"I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season," Ashley wrote in a statement released after the game.
"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. I hope very much that Rafa will remain at Newcastle United."