Southampton promotion

Southampton secured their return to the Barclays Premier League after a seven-year absence with a comfortable win against already relegated Coventry.

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Players and fans celebrate Southampton's promotion

Southampton's Rickie Lambert celebrates with fans at the final whistle following the club's promotion to the Premier League
Southampton's Rickie Lambert celebrates with fans at the final whistle following the club's promotion to the Premier League Credit: PA
Southampton's Billy Sharp of is helped down the tunnel by stewards at end of game during Football League Championship match
Southampton's Billy Sharp of is helped down the tunnel by stewards at end of game during Football League Championship match Credit: PA
Southampton's Jos Hooiveld is carried off the pitch by fans at the end of the game after the club's promotion to Premier League
Southampton's Jos Hooiveld is carried off the pitch by fans at the end of the game after the club's promotion to Premier League Credit: PA

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Southampton manager: 'We've achieved something special'

We've put a lot of hard work in and a lot of hours but we've achieved something special this season.

We achieved something special last season and I suppose it's that drive to do well.

Everyone works so hard at this football club and it's great to see the smiles and delight on the supporters' faces.

It's been a nervy week for them but it's been well worth it. Every plaudit that goes their way they richly deserve because they've worked hard for it.

I need to let it all soak in but it's been very, very special.

– Southampton manager Nigel Adkins

Stars congratulate Southampton on promotion

Michael Owen, Lord Alan Sugar and Gary Lineker have taken to Twitter to congratulate Southampton on their promotion to the Premier League.

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Well done Southampton. Great club and good to see them back in The Premier League.

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Well done ! Southampton promoted to Premier League from the Championship

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Many congratulations to Southampton FC on their return to Premier League football. Look forward to seeing you on MOTD next season

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Southampton celebrate Premier League promotion

Southampton FC have been promoted to the Premier League after their 4-0 win against Coventry City.

The club's official Twitter account has posted the following tweets:

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Incredible scenes here. We will have reaction, interviews, photos and behind-the-scenes videos at http://t.co/uOy6JqXr soon. #saintsfc

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SOUTHAMPTON FOOTBALL CLUB ARE PROMOTED TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE! #saintsfc

Southampton promoted to the Premier League

Southampton have won promotion to the Premier League after a 4-0 victory against relegated Coventry City.

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Billy Sharp (right) celebrates scoring his sides opening goal against Coventry Credit: PA Wire

Nigel Adkins' side will join champions Reading in next season's Premiership. West Ham, Birmingham, Blackpool and Cardiff will compete for the last place in the end of season playoffs.