Newcastle United have officially avoided relegation.
It felt likely for a while, but now it has been confirmed. Newcastle are mathematically safe, meaning we will be a Premier League club next season.
Safety was guaranteed last night after Leeds lost 3-0 to Chelsea, leaving them in 18th place with 34 points. With two games to go, the best tally they can get is 40 points. That wouldn’t be enough to catch the Magpies, who have 43.
It’s been a remarkable turnaround from Eddie Howe and the boys. We looked certainties for relegation at the start of the year. But an incredible run of form has ensured we remain a top flight team.
After last night’s result, co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi sent a wonderful message to supporters.
He wrote on Twitter: “When all odds were against us, when everyone doubted us, we united and forged ahead. Tonight is the result of that hard work.Thank you Eddie, you have been incredible, thank you to the coaching staff our squad and everyone at the club, and of course our fans.”
Mehrdad Ghodoussi admits Jamie Reuben did nutmeg him
Jamie Reuben also sent a message on Twitter, posting a simple hashtag that read ‘#WeAreUnited’.
The tweet prompted Ghodoussi to rely, who wrote: “Only if you don’t nutmeg me again.”
This is in reference to what happened after Newcastle beat Crystal Palace last month. After the game, the owners enjoyed a kickabout on the St James’ Park pitch.
The video went viral, and it also saw Reuben produce a nutmeg on Ghodoussi. However, Amanda Staveley’s husband denied it.
But now he’s admitted it.
Newcastle have avoided relegation – now they can move on to the next phase
It’s good to see the owners enjoying some banter, but it must have been a very stressful first season in charge of the club.
There’s every chance they could be owning a Championship team right now. Things looked bleak.
But Newcastle rallied in 2022, and have actually survived with ease. While it only became official last night, our Premier League status has been secure for a while.
We made history last night, becoming the first team to survive in the top flight of English football after failing to win any of their first 14 games. That highlights the incredible turnaround Howe has orchestrated.
Now the Magpies can look to the future. This summer is set to be wildly exciting, and preparations can now officially begin for the 2022/23 season. It could be very special for Newcastle United.