Newcastle fans lavish praise on Clark following Championship win

Newcastle United’s 3-0 victory at home to Barnsley on Sunday afternoon saw the Magpies land the Championship title after Brighton & Hove Albion could only draw away to Aston Villa.

The goals of Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie and Ayoze Perez played a key role in securing a return to the Premier League, but Ciaran Clark’s performances at centre-back also made a big impact.

The 27-year-old arrived at St James’ Park from Aston Villa last summer, and made 34 Championship appearances during the 2016-17 campaign – scoring three times in the process.

He was part of a defence that conceded the joint-fewest goals in the division, with his form showing just why he has earned 24 caps for the Republic of Ireland.

Clark took to social media site Twitter on Monday afternoon to reveal his delight at what has been a brilliant campaign for Newcastle, and the tweet brought widespread praise for the centre-back.

The Irishman had to go through the disappointment of dropping out of the Premier League last season with Aston Villa, but he will be back in the big time for the 2017-18 campaign.