As Antonio Conte prepares to bring down the curtain on his second Premier League season with the Blues, the Italian emphasises the importance of family when working within such an intense industry.
The Blues' Premier League campaign came to a humbling conclusion as their hopes of snatching Champions League qualification were dashed by a 3-0 defeat at St James' Park on Sunday.
Internal boardroom wrangles and the failure in recruiting the right players for the manager has fuelled speculations of Conte's departure.
Chelsea failed to register a single shot at goal in the first half and Dwight Gayle gave Newcastle a deserved lead in the 23rd minute, putting Rafael Benitez on the path to a first Premier League win against one of his former clubs, as well as a 10th-place finish.
"Now, probably, you can finish fifth and start with a bit of an advantage compared to when you finish 10th".
"I think, at the moment, he knows he has to continue progressing and learning, but he's quite happy here".
'In every season you must be prepared to face different situations, ' he said. You play in [a] strong league. In the past it has happened the same.
"They deserved it, all over the pitch they were the better team".
Ashley said: "I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season".
While widely criticised, he also presided over the signings of key players such as Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta, Thibaut Courtois and N'Golo Kante, as well as a Chelsea academy that has emerged as a dominant force in English and European youth football.
"This is the best league in the world and to compete with so many teams and clubs that are very strong, it is always a great chance that you have". The Spaniard has been fielding questions about his future for months now, given the club's attempts to open up contract talks with him in January; he insisted the focus should have been on signing players in the winter, and although he admits talks are ongoing now, no deal is close to being finalised.
Belgium worldwide Thibaut Courtois was a surprise absentee for the midweek draw against Huddersfield Town with a back problem.
"It won't be easy because a Champions League place is not in our hands, but we have to try and get three points against Newcastle and hope for something positive for us", he told the club's official website.