With season over, Benitez to hold talks on Newcastle future

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Already relegated Fulham were taken to pieces by the Magpies in a one-sided clash at Craven Cottage.

Goals from Jonjo Shelvey, Ayoze Perez, Fabian Schar and Salomon Rondon saw Fulham overwhelmed on the counter-attack after dominating long spells of possession.

"It was a great game".

Benitez said on the will-they-won't-they saga of his future: "We will have a meeting hopefully next week and we will see where we are".

"I am really proud of this group of players and the fans were wonderful as well".

He was capped 18 times by England and played almost 600 professional games, mainly in the Premier League for Charlton, Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham, before ending his career at Fulham in June 2017. Credit to them because they were pushing then. "Finish 13th is important for everyone. Proud and really pleased yes, but it was not the ideal game".

The season's over but Squeaky Bum Time™ is just getting started for Newcastle fans.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid coach, however, has suggested any decision to extend his three-season reign will hinge on Ashley's vision for Newcastle and willingness to invest.

"I said before that I have seen the potential but now is the time to enjoy".

Fulham away from how won't be easy, though, as the Cottagers have played without pressure in the last few weeks and have picked up three wins in their last four games.

"We have one more point than last season but couldn't finish 10th so it proves this season has been more hard than last season".

Although the performance and result would certainly have left Newcastle fans in high spirits heading into the summer break, Benitez responded to questions about whether or not this performance would have impressed club owner, Mike Ashley. We will meet hopefully this week and see where we are. "I want to use that experience to help the club be successful and move things forward".

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