If Newcastle had hit 50 points (two wins from those late games against Everton, West Brom and Watford???), then that would have given Rafa Benitez eighth spot this season, which would have been four points behind Burnley in seventh, 13 points behind Arsenal in sixth and 25 points behind Liverpool in fourth... I would also like to applaud the players, led fantastically by the captain Jamaal Lascelles.
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez admitted the speculation regarding his future is no clearer after a final day 3-0 win over Chelsea.
"On many occasions throughout the season, they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory".
"Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season".
He has been asked repeatedly in recent weeks about his willingness to agree a longer stay on Tyneside, where he has firmly established himself in the affections of the fans since taking over in March 2016. That means having the right quality, the right mentality and the right level through the whole season, not just for some performances. "If you are to improve, you need players to push the ones here already".
"Unfortunately, it is like that, but we have to do our best in front of our fans and we will try to get points". They will be around - maybe they will be talking.
"We have to sit down, talk and see where we are". "I think I've come on leaps and bounds in that aspect, how to deal with things differently; he pulls me aside and says you can't always be this way, you've got to adapt to different people's personalities - he's worked with Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo and John Terry".
Brighton and Huddersfield Town, the other two promoted teams alongside Newcastle, have rightly received much praise this past week for securing their Premier League status for next season.