Former EPL champion Blackburn plunges into 3rd tier

Danny Graham looks distraught as Rovers are relegated

Blackburn at least left with a 3-1 win over Brentford but that was scant consolation as they contemplate League One and third-tier football for the first time since 1980. They've seen eight different managers - starting with Sam Allardyce, who was ousted within a month of the team's new ownership taking over - and have fallen down to the third bracket for the first time in almost 40 seasons. Without much further to fall, club's fortunes eventually have to turn around.

I was really surprised that night that there was so many Rovers fans because I was coming into the club on the acceptance that there was a lot of unrest and disenchantment and disconnect with the fans and the team and the ownership.

Mowbray had moved to Ewood Park five months after resigning as manager of League One side Coventry, a club that were also relegated this term and with controversial owners of their own. "We want our Rovers back", the 1,650 demanded after the final whistle here.

Birmingham stay up following their second win in three games under manager Harry Redknapp, who was brought in to replace Gianfranco Zola and save the Blues' Championship status only three weeks ago.

However, by the time Craig Conway converted a late penalty to make it 3-1, the game was up as Forest and Birmingham were winning.

He said: "Whether the journey for me continues or not, let's see".

Newcastle won the title on the final day
Newcastle won the title on the final day

"So it hasn't been an entirely smooth week for us but with one game to go as long as their knocks and niggles aren't going to cause a serious problem then I'm sure we are going to pick from the players that were available last week".

"We could hear the cheers going up from the Bristol City fans and we knew we needed a win today", Redknapp said. "I'm off to China!"

Rafael Benitez and his Newcastle side did what they had to do in beating Barnsley 3-0 but it took a howler from Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale to ensure they returned to the Premier League as champions.

Tony Mowbray's side won 3-1 at Brentford but drop down to the third tier on goal difference after Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest secured victories against Bristol City and Ipswich Town respectively.

Reading, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield and Fulham will contest the playoffs to become the third team promoted.

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