Newcastle United promoted back to the Premier League
Newcastle United have been promoted to the Premier League after beating Preston North End 4-1 on Monday night.
The north east club have returned to the top flight at the first time of asking following last seasons relegation.
Benitez was backed extensively in the transfer market this season with more than £50m was spent on the squad. However, Newcastle were able to recoup all of that outlay and more with the sales of high-profile players such as Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum and Andros Townsend to Premier League clubs.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said: "I have to congratulate the players, the staff, everyone here in the club and city."
He added "In the end it was a very difficult task because it's a very difficult division and we had to keep going and pushing. There are a lot of things you cannot control but in the end we are where we wanted to be."