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Rafa Benitez a candidate for Manager of the Year?

Rafa Benitez a candidate for Manager of the Year?

Rafael Benitez is hoping skipper Jamaal Lascelles stays at Newcastle next season amid claims that Chelsea are leading a pack of potential suitors who are willing to pay £30million for him.

However, not as much noise has been made for the job Benitez has done in achieving survival over a month ago and on a smaller budget, maybe due to the fact Newcastle are seen as a bigger club.

Conte's side must defeat Rafa Benitez's men today and hope for Brighton to beat Liverpool or Leicester City to win Tottenham for the West London club to secure EPL top-four and qualify for Champions League next season.

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

Rafa Benitez believes that what his Newcastle players have done this season is "massive" but the United manager is keen to spell out the reality.

"Then my people have to talk with (managing director) Lee Charnley and see how they progress". The fans appreciate this togetherness, and the relationship we have created.

The Dickensian rule of the Mike Ashley era has brought about many changes with those of us who have followed Newcastle before his time here suffering the most, whilst the younger fan was born into an era of fabricated blind loyalty with very little chance of building lasting foundations.

"They made me some offers to stay here for a few more years, plus I have to manage my family: if I chose to go to Newcastle and stay there, even in the Championship, it's also because of my family".

Former United striker Alan Shearer reacted to the "cut and paste" statement on Match of the Day.

"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".

"Newcastle showed great desire, a great will to fight, a great will to take three points and to finish this season in the best possible way".

The 24-year-old said: "It has been a good season for me".

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