No team in Premier League history had EVER stayed up after failing to win any of their opening 14 games.
Last night, our top flight status was finally secured, as results elsewhere meant it is now mathematically impossible for Newcastle United to be relegated.
Leeds lost 3-0 at home to Chelsea – leaving them nine points behind ourselves with just two games remaining – while Everton only managed a 0-0 draw away to an already relegated Watford.
Moments after the full time whistle went in both games, Newcastle co-owner Mehrdad Ghodoussi released a brilliant statement on social media, paying tribute to the “incredible” Eddie Howe, his coaching staff, the players and the fans.
Here’s what he posted on Twitter after our Premier League status and history-making achievement was finally made official:
Back in December, we were bottom of the table, six points from safety (having played a game more than several sides around us) and stuck on just seven points after 14 games.
We were deemed dead and buried by some and written off by many, but we’ve done it.
A huge thank you to Eddie Howe for the incredible job he has done, with the players and the new owners also deserving a big pat on the back for their efforts over the past six months.
Onwards and upwards!