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

Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud signals a heart shape towards the fans

Chelsea's failure to qualify for next season's Champions League was confirmed as they completed a disappointing Premier League campaign by collapsing to a dismal 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday.

Chelsea ultimately fell short in their bid to secure Champions League football next season, but of more pressing concern to manager Antonio Conte was the nature of their meek surrender to Newcastle United a week out from an FA Cup final showdown with Manchester United.

Ashley has admitted he can not afford to give his manager the kind of funds he would need to take the club to the next level and put the business up for sale in October a year ago as a result.

The Spaniard has a strained relationship with club owner Mike Ashley, but the former Liverpool, Inter Milan and Real Madrid manager gave the clearest indication yet that he is willing to see out the remaining year on his contract at St James' Park.

He indicated that it is for the club to understand how damaging or not damaging it will be for Chelsea.

Possession was Chelsea 58% Newcastle 48%.


Emenalo left the London side in November after 10 years and was an intermediary between Conte and the Chelsea board.

After Diame went close again, the Magpies finally got the goal they deserved when Jacob Murphy looped Matt Ritchie's delivery over Courtois, who clawed it off the line and onto the head of Gayle for a simple finish. I'm very happy for last season. (REX/Shutterstock) Chelsea failed to shine on the final day of the Premier League season.

That the criticisms from the hardcore Chelsea faithful have been more cutting than the inevitable banter from rival fans says a lot about the disconnect at a club that could still end up with silverware this season. Conte has fronted most of the criticism for his team selection, namely dropping Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard, a pair that had helped them win the last four games in which they have started.

Asked if he would still be in charge next season, Benitez said: "I would say I'm really pleased today, and I will try to enjoy it and see how the conversations develop. I wasn't able to convey that determination to my players".

Jose Mourinho led his Red Devils side to a win over Watford to end their league season on a high and there is no doubting who goes into that huge clash in better shape.

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