Newcastle and Rafa Benitez got the job done last year and for the second time in seven years we come straight back up as Champions after we were relegated in the previous season.
With the massive money now in the Premier League it was even more important that we could make the jump straight back up so we didn’t drop behind the Premier League clubs too much in terms of revenue.
And it was only the second time in the last six seasons that a relegated side has come straight back up in an automatic promotion spot.
But that still wasn’t enough to get Rafa elected as the Championship manager of the season with Brighton’s Chris Hughton winning that award last night.
Jack Colback in training
Jack Colback is a local lad and was hit hard like the rest of us when we were relegated last season thanks in the main to woeful management from Steve McClaren who seemed way out of his depth form the beginning of his tenure at the club.
Rafa came in with 10 games to play but still couldn’t save us, but he stayed on board and got us promoted back up to the Premier League last month.
Jack is looking forward to life back in the Premier league as this is what he had to say to the local press as reported in the Chronicle:
“You see teams going up doing better now.” “You take the positive feeling around the place with you.” “The momentum’s with us. It’s a great achievement for us.”
“We’ll see what happens in the summer in terms of recruitment, but the fans can hopefully look forward.”
“Promotion was kind of the minimum we could do to right that wrong,” “It was hugely disappointing to go down, but I think no one’s exempt from relegation in that league.”
“Obviously, you’ve got the top teams, but from ninth or 10th downwards, it’s a battle.”
“We came up short. We should never have been relegated with the quality we had in the squad.” “What we were lacking is the character, which we’ve got now.”
“We’ve bounced back first time of asking.” “It’ll be nice to be back in the Premier League.”
“We can go away now and enjoy the summer and come back and look forward to a good season.”
Things seems to be picking up in the transfer market with Newcastle being linked with Michy Batshuayi, Nicholas Pepe and James McCarthy today.
It seems we have ties up Christian Atsu from Chelsea for around £6.5M so wonder when our next signing will be – maybe Nicholas Pepe from Angers this week?