Aston Villa fans react as Newcastle United seal Premier League return

Newcastle United secured promotion back to the Premier League on Monday night as they beat Preston North End 4-1 at St James’ Park to guarantee a top two finish in the Championship.

The Magpies were relegated alongside Aston Villa a year ago and while Rafa Benitez’s men have made an immediate return to the top flight, the Midlands outfit will spend another season at this level following an inconsistent campaign.

15 defeats in 44 league matches mean that Steve Bruce’s side lie 12th in the standings and 15 points from the play-off positions, and they will hope to replicate Newcastle when they go against next term.

Villa supporters were quick to have their say on the Toon Army’s return to the Premier League via social media, with some not understanding the so-called rivalry between the two clubs and the obsession that some Newcastle fans seem to have with them, while others believe the two teams could be swapping places again soon.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…