Today might have marked the coronation of a new monarch, but there was only one king being toasted at full time.
Julen Lopetegui has completed his rescue act with three games to spare, and thoughts can now turn to next season.
Given the impact the Spaniard has had during his short time it’s intriguing to ponder where he could take us after a full pre-season and another transfer window.
And while memories of last week’s mauling at Brighton (or the many other miserable afternoons we’ve been made to endure this season) shouldn’t be erased entirely, now is a time to praise the stellar job our management team have done.
That’s eight clean sheets in the book since Jeff Shi whisked King Julen into Wolverhampton in his Lamborghini, and a ninth league win to boot.
Of those successes, there can be no doubt that the last four have been crucial. To put Chelsea, Brentford, Palace and Villa to the sword without conceding a single goal is no mean feat.
Today’s result was probably a tad harsh on a Villa side that certainly played the better football, though their persistent gamesmanship makes it easy to withhold sympathy.
Every player in gold and black put in the shift that’s necessary to see tight games out, with Lemina and the matchwinner Toti particularly imperious.
It was disappointing that we couldn’t create more in the final third, but a front three of Costa, Cunha, and a re-energised Neto at least offered energy.
One final shoutout ought to go to Jose Sa, who recovered from a miserable time last weekend to help ensure we took the points. That first-half save was crucial.
But the crown belongs to our knight in shining armour.
Arise, King Julen.