Newcastle United and Norwich City have been relegated from the Premier League after Sunderland ensured their own survival by beating Everton 3-0 at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland managed to relegate not one but two teams – including their fiercest rivals – in the space of 90 minutes, as their win over the Toffees took them 4 points clear of both Newcastle and Norwich, mathematically confirming the duo’s return to the Championship, alongside the already relegated Aston Villa.
Sunderland scored the opener in the 38th minute as Patrick van Aanholt curled a free kick around Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles. Their lead was doubled only 4 minutes later thanks to Lamine Kone, who scored his first goal for the club, and it was soon followed by his second 10 minutes into the second half.
Sam Allardyce’s men have now lost just once in their last 10 games, including a five-game unbeaten run from which the Black Cat’s have picked up 11 points from a possible 15 – a truly impressive run during the most crucial of times.
Norwich now make an immediate return to the Championship after spending just one season in the top flight, whereas Newcastle United end a six-year long stay in the Premier League.
Burnley and Middlesbrough will compete in the Premier League next season after clinching promotion due to a first and second finish in the Championship respectively, whereas Brighton & Hove Albion, Hull City, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday will take part in the playoffs to decide the third and final club to secure promotion into arguably the best league in the world.