Newcastle United finished off their Premier League season with a frustrating 5-1 win over Spurs.

It’s frustrating because it’s too little, too late for the Toon Army, who created an atmosphere likely to go a long way to persuading Rafa Benitez to stay at the helm at St James’ Park.

Newcastle were excellent value for their win, which completed the league double over Spurs, who compounded a miserable day by learning that North London rivals Arsenal had pipped them to 2nd place in the final league table.

Goals from Gini Wijnaldum (2), Aleksandar Mitrovic, Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat at least gave Newcastle the proof that when they get it right, they can make top sides look ordinary.

Erik Lamela had made it 2-1 just after half-time, and it looked unlikely to be a good end to the season as Mitrovic was sent off for a wild lunge on Kyle Walker.

Mauricio Pochettino responded to Newcastle losing a man by going to three at the back and chasing the game, but the home side merely picked off their Champions League opponents and helped themselves to five goals.

The result will give Benitez food for thought, and he said after the game that his heart is telling him to stay in Newcastle for the next season at least.

Of course, his head will be telling him that it’s unlikely that he’ll have the control he’d require to overhaul the club, but the meeting with Lee Charnley (the man who is most responsible for Newcastle’s shortcomings in the last three years) later this week will further clarify that situation.

Had Newcastle gone down without a fight today, Benitez would be certain to leave the club but the way things have worked, there is no bigger project in English football than Newcastle United.

He wants to stay in England, there’s no top jobs available and he’s been welcomed to the club by fans like one of their own, so it’s not ridiculous to think he’ll still be there when we visit Burton Albion and Rotherham next season.

Meetings will take place, wages will be thrashed out, players will move on and sat navs will be reprogrammed, but if Rafa stays in the North East, Newcastle will be dining at the top table of English football before long.

And they’ll be eating like Kings.