We don't have a chance.
However, as the club attempts to negotiate an extension, owner Ashley has expressed his gratitude to the 58-year-old Spaniard and re-affirmed his commitment to his vision for the future.
'For sure we did not play a good game, ' he stated.
"I was really proud of that, but you can not sing the name of the manager if the team is doing badly", he said.
"It is easy to see what we have, now we need to do something more and be a little bit better".More news: 'The House That Jack Built' Trailer Shows Off Brutality
"On many occasions throughout the season, they have been described as a Championship side, which I personally consider to be derogatory".
"I'm the last person to judge the moment of the club. I wasn't able to convey that determination to my players".
Victory at St James' Park allied to a final-day defeat for Liverpool would have seen Chelsea snatch fourth, and while they failed in their task, it was rendered academic as Jurgen Klopp's Champions League finalists ran out comfortable winners against Brighton.
While Benitez, the ex of Chelsea's dugout was outmanoeuvring Antonio Conte's limp Londoners, two ex-Chelsea forwards, Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke, were scoring for Liverpool to widen the gap.
A defiant Antonio Conte insisted he expects to remain Chelsea boss next season despite failing to qualify for the Champions League. Conte, who still has a year left on his contract, has certainly toned down his belligerent rheotric in recent weeks to avoid jeopardising any potential payoff.More news: Confirmed Ebola cases in Congo spikes to 39
Salah opened the scoring with his 32nd league goal of the season, meaning he finished two ahead of three-time Golden Boot victor Harry Kane of Tottenham.
"Newcastle outplayed us and they deserved to win".
"It looked to me like everyone had one eye on the cup final which is very risky and we were lucky the game was kind of irrelevant". "Yes. I think, I think so".
Emenalo is now the sporting director at AS Monaco and has not been replaced at Chelsea.
Further chopping and changing for the Newcastle match didn't help, with Ross Barkley making just his second Premier League start since joining in January, as a disjointed display contributed to a 3-0 defeat and hit the wrong note ahead of a cup final. I will continue to ensure every penny generated is available to him'. "Now, probably, you can finish fifth and start with a bit of an advantage compared to when you finish 10th".More news: Tuesday, May 15 Morning Forecast
'Now we have six days to prepare for the last game of the season, the final of the FA Cup, and for sure we have to change'.
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