Newcastle United completed their promotion dreams, even before they kicked off last night against Sheffield United.
Enrique drinks pink Brown Ale – shown with Coloccini and Gutierrez
And last night Newcastle completed the party with a good 2-1 win over the Blades after having gone one goal down after just 22 minutes.
After the game an emotional and excited Newcastle manager Chris Hughton heaped praise on his players for their great efforts this season:
“That we have secured promotion with six games to spare is a testament to this set of players and how good a season they have had.”
“You will have good times as a player, but this is right up there for me. You have achievements as a player that you will always remember.”
“At Spurs I was a coach when we won things, but this is my first achievement as a manager and it is a very proud moment for me.”
“Until promotion finally happens, it doesn’t sink in, but it has certainly sunk in now and it is a wonderful achievement by a lot of people.”
“We have a good squad and we kept a lot of players from last season. A lot of the players felt that their best option was to take this team back to the Premier League and we have coped with this division very well.”
“We have had enough toughness to go away to difficult places and grind out results. In the latter part of season we have always been able to come here, to St James’ Park, and win and score a lot of goals.”
“I suppose it was fitting that Kevin Nolan scored the winning goal as he has been such a good player for us this season. As for next season, I am not even thinking about it just yet.”
“We have five games left and our aim is to win the Championship. It would be a really big disappointment if we didn’t win it. Our owner, Mike Ashley, came into the changing room and just said congratulations but it was chaotic in there.”
“We deserve to be back where we were. We didn’t deserve to be there at the back end of last season, but this is just what we deserve now.”
Hughton will now have a whole new mission and challenge next season to keep Newcastle in the Premiership, but at least the initial odds from the bookies suggest they think that will happen.
What happens in the summer now becomes very important, and Newcastle will need to strengthen the existing squad in both quality and quantity.
We think if Mike Ashley can give Chris say £20M in transfer funds, that will be enough to bring in some very good buys, to significantly strengthen the squad.
But last night was a night to remember for Newcastle fans all over the world, as the team has done us proud this season.
Howay The Lads!!