Newcastle United fans on Twitter gave their reactions as the Magpies secured promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking last night.
Two goals from Ayoze Perez, one from Christian Atsu and a penalty from Matt Ritchie gave Rafael Benitez’s side a 4-1 win over Preston North End at St James’ Park.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) April 24, 2017
Whilst Newcastle can still mathematically win the Championship title, it would take a drastic slip up from leaders Brighton & Hove Albion, who need just three points from their final two matches to confirm top spot.
However, promotion was always the aim for this season and much credit has to go to Benitez for ensuring that it was achieved in relative comfort.
The Champions League winner was only in charge for the last two months of their relegation campaign, but became a popular figure in the city and was convinced to stay on at the club despite expectations that he would depart.
Whilst many would argue that Newcastle’s expensively assembled squad virtually guaranteed promotion, others would point to the fates of Aston Villa and Norwich City, who came down with them last term, as evidence of the difficulty of adapting to life in the Championship.
The priority now will be the transfer market and Benitez will undoubtedly want to spend big again to ensure survival in the top flight.
Supporters took to social media in the aftermath of yesterday’s game to voice their delight but also to demand that owner Mike Ashley give the manager sufficient funds to mould a Premier League team.
The best of the reaction from Twitter can be found below:
Now that we have secured the promotion I hope to God Mike Ashley lets Rafa spend big on the right players @NUFC
— Andy Archer (@AndyArcha1412) April 25, 2017
— Anthony James (@AnthonyJames03) April 25, 2017
— Andy (@Moleps1892) April 25, 2017
@NUFC congrats on promotion!, we are back in the premier league! howay the lads.
— Sidartha Murjani (@Smurjani2) April 25, 2017
— Kes Smith (@kesmand24) April 25, 2017
No apologies to be made for having assets to sell. Still had to win the games and grind out points. Promotion is promotion. COME ON! #nufc
— Kieran Higgins (@jiggins1994) April 25, 2017
Often quick to criticise Lascelles but we forget he's only 23. All round not a bad season to captain the team to promotion #NUFC
— Ross Straughan (@RoscoStraughan) April 25, 2017
I think i'll be having a drink or 10 tonight to celebrate promotion since I was working last nightðŸ» #NUFC
— MarieðŸ¤—ðŸ³ï¸â€ðŸŒˆ (@Marie__82) April 25, 2017
— stace wright (@wright0307) April 25, 2017
Celebrated promotion with a lie in and a hearty breakfast ðŸ³ðŸ³ðŸ³ there will be some sore heads this morning back home! Now for graft #nufc ðŸ™Œ
— Kevin Nichol (@Kevin_Nichol) April 25, 2017
I have to admit I got a bit emotional tonight when me dad phoned to celebrate promotion, 80 and unwell but still loves the club #NUFC
— Martin (@WASNAPPER) April 24, 2017
Well done to Rafa and everyone involved in this promotion. Not easy, not pretty but they've done it. Massive achievement. #nufc
— Liam (@Liam_Reay83) April 24, 2017
— Gav McElroy (@GavMcElroy) April 24, 2017
— Shaun C1954 (@OneESC) April 24, 2017