Burnley Promoted to Premier League for 2016-17 Season: Latest Comments, Reaction

Tom Beck@@twjbeckContributor IMay 2, 2016

BURNLEY, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02:  Sam Vokes of Burnley (obscured) celebrates with team mates as he scores their first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burnley and Queens Park Rangers at Turf Moor on May 2, 2016 in Burnley, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Burnley have secured promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on Monday.

Sam Vokes' 59th-minute header was enough to seal maximum points for the Clarets and move them two points clear at the top of the Championship on 90 points.   

Closest challengers Middlesbrough and Brighton and Hove Albion—both whom trail by two points—meet on the final day of the season at the Riverside, which means Sean Dyche's men have secured an automatic promotion berth with one match to spare.

The club's official account celebrated the confirmation of their return:

Burnley FC @BurnleyOfficial

.@premierleague We're back. #ClaretsLIVE https://t.co/6FKjej6pGD

It is the third time in the club's history they have been promoted to the Premier League, and they have done so at the first attempt after relegation in 2014-15.

Sky Sports Statto detailed how Burnley joined a long list of teams to bounce back quickly:

Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto

Burnley the 19th team to win promotion back to the @premierleague at the 1st attempt after relegation https://t.co/ueVze4WDQt

Dyche's men have regained their top-flight status after just one year in the Championship and had looked likely promotion candidates from the first whistle of the season. 

A trio of wins without conceding a goal set the tone for the Lancashire team's campaign, as they kicked into gear in the second half of the season. Burnley have looked unrivalled in 2016, recording an 22-game unbeaten run lasting back to Boxing Day's reverse to Hull City, per Soccerway.

ESPN football writer Richard Jolly felt the Clarets deserved their promotion place:

Richard Jolly @RichJolly

Burnley, unbeaten since Boxing Day, are deservedly promoted. Character, consistency, some quality & a terrific manager.

Aided by the division's top goalscorer Andre Gray, Burnley have shown their quality throughout the year and have looked a level above their opponents on occasions.

BURNLEY, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02:  Sam Vokes (9) and Andre Gray of Burnley (7) celebrate as they are promoted to the Premier League after the Sky Bet Championship match between Burnley and Queens Park Rangers at Turf Moor on May 2, 2016 in Burnley, United
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Gray, with 22 goals to his name in the league this season, was rightly awarded the Championship Player of the Year award for his efforts following his club-record £9 million move from Brentford in the summer.

England international and former Burnley striker Danny Ings congratulated his former club on their achievement:

Danny Ings @IngsDanny

Congratulations everyone at @BurnleyOfficial 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Ex-player Kieran Trippier, now at Tottenham, was also pleased to see promotion achieved:

Kieran Trippier @trippier2

Congratulations everyone at @BurnleyOfficial 👍👍👍

The Mirror's Ed Malyon praised the club's financial clout after completing their task this term:

Ed Malyon @eaamalyon

Burnley show how to go about responsible use of parachute payments. Bouncing back and in even better shape than last time, you'd say.

Meanwhile, BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker was already looking ahead to next season:

Gary Lineker @GaryLineker

Congratulations to Burnley. Welcome back to the @premierleague and look forward to introducing you on MOTD next season.

Burnley will head to The Valley on Saturday to play relegated Charlton Athletic, knowing that a draw may be enough for them to seal the Championship title.