Newcastle's Rafa Benitez happy to prove doubters wrong after promotion

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Newcastle won promotion back into the Premier League last night, as a 4-1 win over Preston secured their top-two finish.

And Serbia global Mitrovic has put that down to the bond formed within a dressing room since a traumatic conclusion to the last campaign.

"The fans have been awesome with me", he said. "I am really pleased for the team, the fans, for everyone".

Aleksandar Mitrovic has an average shot accuracy of 39% in the Championship this season
Aleksandar Mitrovic has an average shot accuracy of 39% in the Championship this season

Matt Ritchie and Perez would score in the second half to ensure that the game was safe and the three points shot Rafa Benitez's men to 88 points and back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Despite some confusion in January over who was in control of transfers, the 57-year-old coach is happy at the club and it seems they are ready to let him stay and carry on with his rebuilding project.

"The fans are unbelievable, they deserve the best, the best football, so we did everything this season to bring them again to the Premier League". But then I must make sure we do the right things.

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And when asked if he would remain at the club for next season, Benitez said: "You never know, that is football".

Unable to prevent the club slipping out of the Premier League, he made a decision to remain in charge and his reward is a return to the top flight of English football, a place he knows well through his six years at Liverpool. Purchased from Crystal Palace last season to score the goals that would get Newcastle out of the Championship, Gayle has done that with gusto, scoring 22 in his 25 starts.

"But the commitment of the players, the hard work of the players every day, the staff, everyone involved and after, the support of the fans, has made a massive difference".

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"It's a really long year for me so I need a vacation, I need to rest from football and from everything". "He's been really important for us and hopefully he's here for many years with us".

"Like I said, I haven't played, I haven't scored goals, but I have learnt a lot from the guys and from this league. At the beginning when everyone was saying, "Rafa has no experience in the Championship, it will be tough", it was right, it was very hard".

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