Blackburn Rovers’ descent into the abyss continued on Sunday as they were relegated to the third tier of English football.
The 1995 Premier League champions went down on a dramatic final day of the Championship season, as despite beating Brentford 3-1 at Griffin Park, victories for fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City put them down on goal difference.
Results elsewhere mean that Rovers have been relegated to League One.
— Blackburn Rovers (@Rovers) May 7, 2017
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) May 7, 2017
FT – Bristol City 0 Blues 1 (Adams 16)
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) May 7, 2017
Much of the supporter anger is directed squarely at owners Venky’s. Since taking over at the club in 2010, there has been no shortage of disasters and examples of mismanagement. Sacking Sam Allardyce not long after assuming control was a taster of things to come – since then, it has been a sorry decline, first from the Premier League in 2012 and continuing with their fall from the Championship at the end of this season.
Fans have been staging regular protests at Ewood Park and Venky’s are one of the owner groups most loathed by the club’s own fans.
— andrew wilding (@a_wildthing) May 7, 2017
— Steve Mack (@Stevema21185499) May 5, 2017
Wigan Athletic and Rotherham United will join Rovers in League One next season, while the two surviving clubs are set for big changes. Nottingham Forest are due to be taken over in the summer, while Birmingham will be on the lookout for a new permanent manager unless Harry Redknapp decides to take the job on a full-time basis.
In other Championship news from the final day, Chris Hughton’s Brighton were denied the title in dramatic circumstances. The Seagulls were leading Aston Villa 1-0 going into the closing minutes of their game at Villa Park, but an 89th-minute equaliser from Jack Grealish handed Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle top spot in the table, as they comfortably defeated Barnsley 3-0.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) May 7, 2017
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