Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants manager Rafa Benitez to remain at St James’ Park next season.
The Spaniard, whose side beat Chelsea 3-0 at home on the final day of the campaign, oversaw a 10th-place league finish.
“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.”
“Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their unrivalled support of Rafa and the team throughout the season.”
Rafa Benitez had said after the game: “I still have one year left on my contract, so it is different.
“Now, we have to make sure that we do the right things and are on the same page.
“The fans have ambitions and we have ambitions, and we have to know if everybody has the same feelings too.
“The potential is there.
“It is easy to see what we have, now we need to do something more and be a little bit better.”
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.