Blackburn drop to third tier

Rovers, who were Premier League champions in 1995, suffered relegation to the third tier on Sunday, despite winning 3-1 at Brentford.

Blackburn started the day in the relegation zone and needing to better the result of at least one of two other teams, Nottingham Forest and Birmingham. "It's hard on us but that's football, we'll see what the summer brings".

"It is just disappointing for them that there didn't seem to be an ounce of encouragement from elsewhere for them to get their teeth into really", said the manager after the match.

This Nottingham Forest fan commiserates with Blackburn Rovers fans, who have suffered at the hands of their owners.

"Obviously the over-riding feeling is relief - and delight", said Reds boss Mark Warburton.

The fall would be easier for the club's fans to tolerate if they had confidence that the team have reached rock bottom. The travelling contingent retorted with cries of "We're going to win 3-0". It was a big occasion. If we do, we will hopefully be too strong for a lot of clubs in League One. I work with a few different companies.

"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".

"But I don't know what their plans are, they might have someone else lined up".

Newcastle emerged winners of the Championship, on the final day of the season.

Dropping into the third tier of English football for the first time in 37 years could deal a calamitous blow to the long-term future of the Lancashire club.

Wednesday lost 2-1 to play-off rivals Fulham, with a Neeskens Kebano double turning the game around after Sam Winnall had broken the deadlock nine minutes in.

"I've only found real positives to be honest, and there they were again today in great numbers".

Opposite number Slavisa Jokanovic, whose side ended the regular season with a 2-1 win at Hillsborough, said: "Reading are the favourites".

With Birmingham only leading 1-0 against Bristol City at Ashton Gate, a goal for the Robins would have sent Blues down instead of Blackburn - but Harry Redknapp's side held on.