Blackburn suffer drop to League One despite final-day victory

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Brentford

Blackburn Rovers became the first Premier League champions to drop into the third tier of English football on Sunday whilst Newcastle claimed the Championship title on a nerve-racking final day.

Blackburn's director of football and operations Paul Senior has resigned less than 24 hours after Rovers were relegated to League One, and just 123 days on from his appointment.

As the fateful matches unfolded across the country, Rovers fans rode a whirl of emotions, lurching from optimism to joy, then to fear and, finally, despair anger. No Premier League victor has fallen so far.

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.

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

Lasse Vibe pulled one back for Brentford in the second half, before Craig Conway's penalty restored Blackburn's two-goal lead. We knew what was at stake and the consequences, the significance, the implications.

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"I'll have a chat and see what their (Birmingham owners) ambitions are", Redknapp said.

Brighton, who started the day a point ahead of Newcastle, looked to be heading to a 1-0 win over Aston Villa until Stockdale somehow failed to prevent Jack Grealish's long-range effort going into the net and the Seagulls were held 1-1.

"It's fantastic. The two wins we've had have shown great character", said the former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers boss. If they're ambitious and want to have a go next year, then I'd be interested.

"You look at where they are today and it's a sad story, but we've no regulatory concerns in relation to Blackburn Rovers that we're aware of".

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.

Rafael Benitez-managed Newcastle did what it had to do beating Barnsley 3-0 but it took a howler from Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale to ensure it returned to the top flight as the champion.

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