Blackburn's Sorry Decline Continues With Relegation On Dramatic Championship Final Day

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Wins for another historic club, two-time European champion Nottingham Forest - 3-0 over Ipswich - and Chinese-owned Birmingham City, which beat Bristol City 1-0, condemned Rovers, owned by Indian poultry firm Venkys, to the drop.

And the travelling Rovers fans were in raptures six minutes later when Danny Guthrie pounced on a half-clearance to fire home past Bees goalkeeper Daniel Bentley, who had an obstructed view of his effort.

Blackburn at least departed with a 3-1 win over Brentford but that was little consolation as it contemplates League One and third tier football for the first time since 1980.

However, by the time Craig Conway converted a late penalty to make it 3-1 the game was up for Rovers because Forest and Birmingham were winning. "The owners deserve it".

"Ideally, we'll start this journey with it being as low as this club gets", Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray said, "and move forward".

Arsenal kept alive their hopes of finishing in the English Premier League top four with a 2-0 win over Manchester United at the Emirates this morning.




"We want our Rovers back" and "There's only one Jack Walker" were two of the chants being sung by unhappy Blackburn fans after the full-time whistle at Brentford.

Che Adams scored the only goal at Ashton Gate and Redknapp, who signed a short-term deal to replace Gianfranco Zola, said: "I don't need to be chasing work. He has done a great job there and if he's allowed to keep the players he has, and the club keep him, then I'm sure they'll be knocking on the door to come back up next season".

Birmingham would have gone down instead, but for a 1-0 win at Bristol City, the second of Harry Redknapp's three-game rescue mission.

Following a 4-2 win at Burton, Royals boss Jaap Stam said of the Cottagers: "They are a very good side, but so are we".

May 7 (Reuters) - Newcastle United sewed up the Championship title on Sunday, beating Barnsley 3-0 to finish above Brighton & Hove Albion and return to the Premier League with a bang on a frantic final day at both ends of England's second-tier.

Reading will now take on Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday face Huddersfield Town in the playoffs for that final promotion berth.

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