So Newcastle United confirmed promotion with an emphatic 4-1 win against Preston North End on Monday night at St James’s Park. Many fans before the season started expected Newcastle to walk this division and I said “make no mistake about it, this division will not be easy and is extremely difficult to get out of, the Championship has some very well established sides who play some quality football and are difficult to beat home or away”.

As the season progressed it was evident Newcastle would certainly not have it all their own way which made at times for some uncomfortable viewing. Yes it was highlighted that Newcastle had money to spend to strengthen the squad with quality signings but this in no way bought Newcastle the division as some fans claimed.

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I would also like to congratulate Brighton on gaining promotion having come close so many times and who can still go up as League champions. Newcastle struggled in their last 4 games going in to the Preston game and the supporters nerves had well and truly kicked in leading up to kick off. As a season ticket holder I am fortunate enough to be at most home games and our home form was concerning me and I questioned our mental strength on occasions.

The manager remained calm and his backroom team focused on one game at a time and took all the pressure of managing Newcastle United in his stride. The loyal Toon Army hold manager Rafa Benitez in high regard and this was shown in 50,000+ at every home game and packed out grounds on away days throughout the current campaign.

The loyal Toon Army have a manager who they have complete trust in and trust his judgement for the most part, some supporters putting him on par with the late great Sir Bobby Robson, make no mistake about it the manager has been truly fantastic in getting the club back in the Premier league but this promotion is also about the city and the masses of Newcastle fans as this is a football mad city.

The mighty Toon Army over recent years have had little to no faith in past managers and the club hierarchy, but money was spent in the summer to bring is some quality additions and Rafa the Gaffer has ridden the club of most of its past demons and is strong enough to tell the owner what he wants and he expects.

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This week when questioned the manager was asked about his future at the club to which he responded by saying”lets see what happens”. I strongly believe he will remain at the club as the city has adopted him as of their own. Newcastle the city is ecstatic about promotion and feel this is where they belong. Mike Ashley the club owner must surely do everything in his power to keep the manager at the club and allow him to heavily invest in the transfer market and he must also realise how strongly the United faithful feel about their adopted Son Rafa Benitez.

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Should the manager leave I can see the United faithful turning on the owners as they have many times over the years but one thing is for certain they will still flock in their thousands to support their beloved Newcastle United. This is more than just a celebration of promotion, this is a city United once more and the man who has created this feel good vibe again is the manager and his backroom staff, even Ashley must see this and be thinking wow what a difference this has made.

The Newcastle United fans would go to war for their football club and will stand side by side with the management team at St James’s Park. A united city is one of pride and passion and this comes across every time the players cross that white line to represent the football club.

Newcastle fans, how important is it that Benitez stays? Do you fancy your chances next season? Let us know in the comments below!

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