Newcastle United have secured promotion to top flight football after defeating Preston North End 4-1 yesterday.
The win was all they needed to earn their promotion back to the premier league.
“I’m really proud,” Benitez told Sky Sports .
“I have to congratulate my staff, the fans, the city, all the people involved, it’s been a long season.
“Really deserving for the players, because they were fantastic,they worked so hard, even in adversity. I’m really pleased for everyone.
“It doesn’t matter how. From the beginning of the season we worked so hard, and it’s so difficult when you are in the Premier league and go down and have to rebuild the team. I am really proud.
Newcastle moved nine points clear of third placed Reading with just two games left.