It was the first time Benitez had met Ashley, who hadn't attended a home game all season.
Newcastle's hierarchy want the 56-year-old – who has a clause in his deal allowing him to leave in the wake of relegation – to rebuild the club in Championship.
That sentiment is shared by supporters, who chanted "Rafa Benitez, we want you to stay" throughout the match.
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After the match, Benitez revealed how United fans have swayed him towards staying on Tyneside.
Writer Miles Starforth says the Tottenham result was "embarrassing" – for BOTH clubs.
Meanwhile, Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino had a forgettable afternoon.
The result meant Arsenal climbed above his team and finished runners-up to Premier League champions Leicester City.
And Pochettino branded the day as his "worst as manager".
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