Bitter Liverpool, jealous Leeds and sympathetic Man City fans react as Newcastle secure Champions League
Newcastle United have been the talk of the Premier League this season and there were plenty of opinions flying around on social media last night.
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A frustrating 0-0 draw against struggling Leicester City might not have been the most stylish of ways to confirm the club’s return to the European competition after 20 years away, but it didn’t dampen spirits on Tyneside as Magpies supporters partied hard in the streets of Newcastle.
Fireworks were seen over St James’ Park at full time as songs from the cathedral on the hill reverberated across Tyneside.
There was just as much noise online from friends and foes in the top flight as NewcastleWorld rounds up some of the opinions being shared from other Premier League clubs.
Manchester City supporters seemed largely congratulatory of Newcastle supporters as they welcomed the side into the top four.
Many also spoke out to defend fans under criticism for the club’s Saudi owners, the despicable human rights records of the country and accusations of using Newcastle United as a sports washing project. Manchester City are, of course, owned by Sheikh Mansour, a member of the Abu Dhabi royal family, where similar issues are seen.
One Man City fan wrote: “To all Newcastle fans, welcome to the world of bitter and salty keyboard warriors, enjoy! From all Man City fans.”
Another said: “Well done Newcastle great to see another team upsetting those teams that all play in red that think they have a god given right to be at the top. From a Man City fan.”
There were also compliments from Aston Villa and West Ham fans, who praised the fan base for enduring a difficult period under Mike Ashley in recent years.
One said: “Fair play to Newcastle. As a Villa fan, I dream of even just one season in that tournament. I hope they smash it. Either way, the Geordies will appreciate each game a lot more than City or Man Utd fans do. They’ve not even started spending big yet. Bright future.”
Another added: “Absolutely fantastic achievement from Newcastle, bar Man City, they have been the best team in the league along with Villa. Happy for their fans, they deserve this.”
During the fixture with Leicester, Everton fans were cheering on Newcastle despite relations between the two supporter bases souring in recent years for one reason or another.
The Toffees hoped the Magpies would defeat the Foxes in order to boost their chances of survival.
One Everton fan said: “Newcastle were predictable today. Isak wasted out wide. Didn’t get to the byline and threaten, refusal to put ball into box, few efforts on target.
“Little movement up top and Longstaff and their other number eight was shocking. But what they have achieved is exceptional.”
Elsewhere on Merseyside, there were some congratulatory messages from Liverpool fans, despite the news of Newcastle’s Champions League place dashing hopes for Reds followers.
One wrote: “As a Liverpool fan, congratulations to Newcastle... Incredible season, attractive performance ...good luck.”
However, one more cynical Liverpool fan said: “Newcastle have drawn to Leicester, lost to Arsenal, drawn to Leeds and lost 3-0 to Villa all in the last few weeks. Vile conclusion to the top four race.”
At Leeds United, fans lamented that their owners had not invested as wisely in players and a manager as Newcastle.
One wrote: “Why couldn’t we have an owner like Newcastle’s that makes good decisions and is willing to spend loads of money to win.”
Another shared: “Newcastle were s**t last season. They invested cleverly, worked together as a team and got Champions League football.
“We survived by the skin of our teeth, had three different managers, sacked the DOF and are getting relegated. Leeds that.”
Finally, with out-of-sorts Chelsea nowhere near the Champions League places, fans from the London club also praised Newcastle for their achievement.
One wrote: “Listening to talkSPORT and all of the Geordies are calling in celebrating Champions League football next year and fair play to them. Those Newcastle fans deserve it in all honesty.”
Another Twitter user said: “I can remember how everyone underrated Eddie Howe soon after he took this Newcastle Job. Man, I know I also did. Mans got a banner now and is heading to the Champions League. That’s something.
“I guess after all England has a top manager who can win big if backed up.”
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