Newcastle United are up.

Monday night saw promotion signed off and we can now all strap ourselves in for the adventure ahead.

It definitely hasn’t felt like a sprint, or once around the track, or even a marathon, more like a lot of times around the track making up a series of marathons.

Newcastle’s Manager, squad, and supporters, can all now look back at a job well done and also still an outside chance of some icing on that promotion cake, if Brighton falter and Newcastle edge the title.

Rafa Benitez though appears to have given some indication of his priorities, appearing to look after his players as the first thought.

At his Thursday press conference, the United boss stated Gayle, Lascelles, Ritchie, Anita, Gamez and Hanley would all miss the Cardiff match but indicated that at least one or two of them could have played if necessary. Choosing to rest players and make sure they didn’t do themselves a mischief, rather than recklessly throwing everything at going up as champions.

The Championship is actually a strange one, with Newcastle United now guaranteed a trophy whether they finish first or second.

The reasoning for the runners-up trophy appears to be that with the play-off winners receiving one at Wembley, it seems a bit unfair on the ones who end up wedged between the champions and the end of season lottery winners.

Next thing they’ll be awarding a trophy for that all important fourth place in the Premier League that gets you a chance at Champions League football – though just like promotion from the second tier – the prize is far greater than a silver pot.

Monday night’s confirmation of promotion was like a dam bursting open, as fans and journalists alike were now allowed to talk freely about what happens next.

There was always an element of fear that Newcastle could end up missing out on promotion but at every stage, Rafa Benitez calmly steered his squad into calmer waters.

Let’s all hope the experienced Rafa can handle Mike Ashley just as well.

  • Geordiegiants

    What I hope happens next, is Fatty gets Jailed with Penfold and the Chatty Man. Shearer gets a non profit consortium to buy us, and Rafa gets full control and takes us to the top of the league and champions league.

    • Scottpaige

      We can but dream hahaha. I like your thoughts lol

      • Geordiegiants

        Ha ha we can all live in hope! 😎

    • grantham mag

      I’ve had a dream, I’ve had a dream. This is NUFC what happens next, we as fans can only hope the fat controller gets both barrels from HMRC. Al Capone got caught by not paying his tax bill, and Ashley is a gangster.

    • bobbi fleckman

      Shearer hasn’t tried to get a profitable consortium together, there is no chance of a non-profit consortium. It’s hard enough to run a football club trying to make a profit, it’s very dangerous if you try to make a loss. Hall and Shep ran a non profit NUFC, it ended up in a mess.

      Careful what you wish for.

      • Geordiegiants

        What a tool you are!

        • bobbi fleckman


          • Geordiegiants

            Pleased you get it 😀!

  • HappyToons

    It would be much better if it was 2 up and 2 down, and the play off between third bottom in the Premiership and 3rd top in the Championship.

    In this PC world next it will be a ‘trophy’ for being relegated from the Premiership. All that comes to mind is a coconut…

    • Geordiegiants

      Didn’t it used to be like that years ago? If I’m not mistaken that’s how Scumderland got relegated to the THIRD DIVISION.

  • nufcslf

    It’s not the fans or media that matter a sh*t, it’s fat guts that can ruin all the hard work done and make a mickey mouse rse of it again. As for the playoffs, nothing more than a FA money grab and a total insult to the team finishing 3rd.

    • Rich Lawson

      Quite right,if you finish 3rd after all those games you should go up not get dragged into a lottery.