If nothing else, this game was meant to be a valuable exercise in building confidence and momentum for the FA Cup final next Sunday, when Manchester United and Jose Mourinho will stand in the way of the only thing that can boring Chelsea's disappointment.
Despite all but missing out on Champions League football next season, Roman Abramovich is aware that an attacking impetus brought to the club by either Enrique or Sarri would boost their attempts to secure Hazard on a new £300,000-per-week contract.
"Newcastle out-played us and they deserved to win".
The 58-year-old hopes to remain at the club next season, and said his squad would need reinforcements, especially with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, striker Islam Slimani and winger Kenedy all set to return to their parent clubs when their loan deals expire.
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho will be looking to get one over his former club, while counterpart Antonio Conte aims to go one better than last season when his side were beaten by Arsenal in the showpiece event.
"I would like to thank Rafa Benitez for his magnificent achievement this season", the statement read.
When quizzed if Sunday's defeat was his last Premier League game in charge of Chelsea, Conte replied: "I have a contract and I am committed to this club".
"I am working with my players this season and it is not right to say something about this".
The Geordies sang his name throughout this rousing finale, his team ending the campaign with a flourish in a comprehensive dismantling of Chelsea's tenuous and flimsy Champions League aspirations.
Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte: "We're struggling to take a place in the Champions League".
They endured a dire end to the season, being held at home by relegation-threatened Huddersfield before suffering a chastening defeat at Newcastle on the final day.
"There is a great disappointment for me because I like to play to win and to finish fifth for me is a big disappointment".
"It looked to me like everyone had one eye on the cup final which is very risky and we were lucky the game was kind of irrelevant".
Chelsea intend to replace Emenalo this summer by recruiting another technical director and Conte added: "But this is not my decision".
"Now we have to be sure that we do the right things and then what I have said so many times - we need to be on the same page. Now we have six days to prepare for the last game of the season - the FA Cup - and for sure we have to change".