Rafa was upbeat at his press conference after the brilliant 3-0 win over Chelsea to finish off the season with a win.
And yes we stayed above both Crystal Palace and Bournemouth with the 3 points and we have finished in 10th place in the Premier League.
And Rafa still has to get an agreement with owner Mike Ashley to sign a new long-term deal to stay at the club.
As we said after the game today there’s just no way Rafa should be allowed to leave and why ius ti so difficult for Mike Ashley to say yes – to every one of Rafa’s requests for how he wants to run the club.
Rafa Benitez – on the touchline this afternoon
In two years he has got us into the top half of the Premier League and he showed his complete commitment to the club by staying with us when we were relegated.
This is a no-brainer but apparently not for Mike Ashley.
This is some of what Rafa said after the game:
”What I like is to be sure the team can compete to finish above 10th.”
“This group of players have done very well but we have to do something more to make sure the group is strong and more competitive.”
“We have to have confidence in our team that they can go anywhere and win.”
“I still have one year left but we have to make sure we do the right things.”
“The fans have ambitions and we have ambitions.”
Here’s where we finished the season.