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Hughton hails Magpies support
06 Apr 2010 - 07:34:33
Manager Chris Hughton paid tribute to the "wonderful" supporters of Newcastle United after their return to the Premier League was confirmed.
Nottingham Forest's draw with Cardiff City ensured the Magpies of an immediate return to the top-flight before they faced Sheffield United in front of a jubilant full house at St James' Park on Monday evening.
United won 2-1 following goals from Peter Lovenkrands and Kevin Nolan and afterwards Hughton revealed his pride in their achievement.
The former first-team coach was handed the managerial reins on a permanent basis back in October 2009.
"You have achievements as a player which you will always remember and I have been involved as a coach in my time at Tottenham where we have won things," he explained.
"But in a managerial position, this is my first achievement and it's one of the proudest moments of my career without doubt.
"It is a fantastic feeling and one I will cherish for a long, long time."
Speaking about the fans, he added: "It's an incredible feeling, especially to do it here.
"I think we all along said we'll take it whenever it is, at whatever stage, but it's a real honour to be manager of this football club at this moment and to bring this wonderful support back to the Premiership."