Antonio Conte expects to stay in charge next season despite finishing fifth

Antonio Conte expects to stay in charge next season despite finishing fifth

Maybe they will help you attract a player who turns out to be a key player.

Ayoze Perez netted twice and Dwight Gayle also found the net at St James's Park, where fans chanted "Rafa Benitez, we want you to stay".

Here are four talking points as the curtain came down on the campaign in stunning fashion.

It's been widely touted that Antonio Conte would be given the boot after what has been a below-par season. Cesc Fabregas, Willian and Marcos Alonso were just three of the first team regulars made to watch on from the substitutes' bench, but personnel weren't the issue.

With the game over as a contest, neither side were prepared to put too much effort into the closing stages and the game naturally petered out, with Newcastle ending the season on a high and Chelsea left needing to regroup ahead of next week's FA Cup final with Manchester United.

Jonjo Shelvey (9/10): At the end of the day, it was Jonjo Shelvey who proved to be the main difference between the two sides. I'm very happy for this season. Former Blues manager Jose Mourinho would have been watching with a wry smile adorning his face.

However, Chelsea appear to place the premium on Eden Hazard's future. However, he was later replaced by Joselu at the start of the second half, due to an injury.

That condemns them to a place in the less prestigious Europa League next season.

With this progress in mind, what is Newcastle's ceiling for next season?

Chelsea's transfer strategy last summer was heavily criticised with Conte himself believed to be unhappy and many feel it could be even more troublesome to attract players without Champions League football this time around.

The Magpies must use their end of season run to push on for more next season.

Mohamed Diame sent two long-range efforts wide of the target, while N'Golo Kante almost put through his own net after diverting a cross towards his own goal, but Newcastle's deserved opener finally arrived midway through the half. Kenedy will be the only player to miss out as he is ineligible to play against his parent club, Chelsea.

"Other people can judge our season and the problems [relating] to finish [ing] outside the top four". For this season, for sure.

'We have worked hard for two years to try to build something. Conte's troubles are a big flashing distress signal.

"Will Saturday be my last match?" Their issues go beyond the manager.

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