Alan Shearer reacts to Mike Ashley's end of season statement at Newcastle

  • Alan Shearer reacts to Mike Ashley's end of season statement at Newcastle

Alan Shearer reacts to Mike Ashley's end of season statement at Newcastle

The main agenda of the flag display aside from the continuation of trying to better the atmosphere is in a way of paying tribute to the players and staff of Newcastle United but most importantly, express the love for the catalyst.

And with discussions ongoing with Benitez and United hierarchy about his demands for next season, the former Liverpool boss stated he is unsure "how close we are".

The Newcastle owner put out a statement when the season ended promising money for Rafa Benitez.

The Newcastle manager said: "Some players are key players not just because they play well, also because their relationship with the others and with the fans and their influence, their character and all those other things".

Supporters chanted "Rafa Benitez, we want you to stay" during the game.

Benitez is now in talks with managing director Lee Charnley about a new contract, with his current deal on Tyneside expiring in 2019.

Newcastle issued a statement from owner Mike Ashley a couple of hours after the match.

This should be greeted in positive fashion by Magpies fans, who have seen Benitez guide their team to tenth in the Premier League in their first season after winning the Championship.

"Copy and paste, different day", Shearer said to the Chronicle Live.

Loan signing Kenedy is ineligible to face his parent club, while Islam Slimani has returned to Leicester and Ciaran Clark and Christian Atsu are out with knee injuries.

Manager Antonio Conte made eight changes with the final in mind and saw an unimpressive performance.

"This group of players have done so well, so it would be easy to say, "OK, you are already in the top ten"...we have to do something more to make sure that the group is stronger and more competitive". They're tied with three other teams on 41-points, meaning they have a fight on their hands to secure a top-half finish.

"That we can go to any stadium and think about going to win, rather than thinking that a draw might be a good result".