The EFL has announced that should Newcastle get a better result than Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday afternoon they will be presented with the EFL trophy immediately after the game against Barnsley at St. James’ Park.
And if Brighton beat Aston Villa at Villa Park, whatever the Newcastle result, it will see Chris Hughton’s club crowned as Champions and they will be presented with the EFL trophy at Villa Park.
This is the statement that has been put out by the EFL today to try to clear up any confusion:
“Full trophy presentations have been arranged to cover all available scenarios that could lead to either Brighton & Hove Albion or Newcastle United being crowned Champions of the Sky Bet Championship.
“The Sky Bet Championship trophy will be presented to the eventual winners of the division immediately after the conclusion of this Sunday’s fixtures, either at Villa Park or St James’ Park.”
At St. James’ Park we are taking no chances and we will be presented with either the EFL runners-up trophy or the EFL title trophy itself – so we’ll have a trophy of some sort – good thinking by Newcastle officials.
Our players will then get the chance to do a lap of honor around the pitch and quite honestly whether we are EFL Champions or not the roof will still be blown off the St. James’ Park for what Rafa and his players have done for the Newcastle United club this season.
They have been heroes and we want to thank them.
The Championship was a very very tough league this season – much tougher than we realized – but we still got that automatic promotion spot.
And since we expect Newcastle to beat Barnsley on Sunday afternoon it will all depend on whether Brighton can beat Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa side away.
But Bruce will want to see a much improved performance from the rather pathetic performance his Villa side put in at Ewood Park last week when relegation threatened Blackburn won 1-0.
It Rovers had not won that game they would have been in dire straights and would have had to win their game at Brentford on Sunday just to be level on points with Nottingham Forest if Forest lost at home to Ipswich Town on Sunday.
After the game last weekend this is what an angry Steve Bruce had to say about his team and he didn’t mess around:
“If I’m going to be honest, too many times away from home in particular, we’ve managed to put in that performance.”
“I don’t think quite as bad because that’s arguably the worst we’ve played since I’ve been here, but a big club like ours, away from home, four wins all season, is nowhere near good enough to where we should be.”
“Too many times I’ve seen us play the way we did today, where we haven’t done enough in every department.”
“We still have to improve because we can’t be happy with mid-table in the Championship, a club like ours. We were absolutely hopeless. Hopeless.”
We don’t think Steve was too pleased with that performance – do you?
So he will want a (very) good performance against top side Brighton on Sunday in front of the home fans so they can have something to cheer about this summer and for next season – and hope that Steve can get them promoted.
It’s ridiculous that a club of Aston Villa’s standing is in the English second division.
Back to Newcastle United – we look forward to cheering our players onto a victory on Sunday and then thank them for such a great season, although we will have to do it all over the radio.
OK – whatever.
Fans certainly needed this type of season after the horrors of the last few years.
And the fans are now excited about the Newcastle team Rafa Benitez can assemble this summer – with 100% backing from owner Mike Ashley.
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Howay The Bonnie Lads!!