Paul Gascoigne has a message for Mike Ashley about Newcastle United’s future

Rafa Benitez to approach new contract discussions with Mike Ashley in 'a positive way'

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

"It was a great game".

"We had the experience on the counter attack". Credit to them because they were pushing then. "It makes me very proud to be an Ambassador for such a fantastic charity".

"Finishing 13th is important for everyone".

I am really pleased. Last season, the Toon managed to earn a top ten finish with 44 points, but this time around finishing tenth in the standings would have required 52 points, so it goes to show that the competition has improved. They'll always turn up, even if they get beat.

Despite his happiness at the result, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss stopped short of confirming whether he would remain at the club next season. "On my future we have to wait, after this game I have to concentrate on the national team, Copa America with Venezuela in Brazil".

Rotherham United midfielder Will Vaulks, Doncaster Rovers winger Matty Blair, and Newport County left-back Dan Butler have also been recognised for their efforts in the community this year, with the trio named the PFA's EFL Player in the Community for each respective Football League tier.

However, ahead of face-to-face talks between Benitez and Ashley that are scheduled for this week, Ritchie says he's confident that the Spaniard will remain in the north-east next season and beyond.

On discussions with Ashley, Benitez said: "We meet hopefully this week and see where we are".

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