Newcastle United win Championship, Blackburn relegated on dramatic final day

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Blackburn departed with a 3-1 win over Brentford but that was little consolation as they contemplate League One and third-tier football for the first time since 1980.

Blackburn will now become the first ever team to lift the Premier League title to feature in the third tier of English football.

Venky's bought Blackburn for 46 million pounds (then $73 million) in November 2010, but its time in charge has been chaotic from the moment the new owners made a decision to fire Sam Allardyce as manager after just a month. Without much further to fall, club's fortunes eventually have to turn around.

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.

This Blackburn Rovers fan is not particularly confident ahead of next season.

Senior, who current manager Tony Mowbray claimed was the only member of the hierarchy he spoke to prior to taking the job in February, had been hired early in the new year with part of his remit to oversee recruitment, but he will not be around for the rebuilding job facing the club's Indian owners Venky's this summer. "We want our Rovers back" demanded the travelling fans at he final whistle, unsure whether their heavily-indebted club has even hit rock bottom.

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Birmingham, who were also in danger of relegation, held on for a narrow 1-0 win over Bristol City to stay up, two points clear of Forest and Blackburn. Under the 70-year-old Redknapp, Birmingham won its last two games.

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

Redknapp's mobile phone rang during his post-match press conference.

"It's fantastic. The two wins we've had have shown great character", said the former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers boss.

However, Villa's Jack Grealish equalised through a long-range effort in the 89th minute to peg Brighton back, allowing the Magpies, who beat Barnsley 3-0, to leapfrog to the top.

Huddersfield goalkeeper Danny Ward will be suspended for their playoff encounter with Sheffield Wednesday, after he was sent off in a 3-0 defeat to Cardiff.

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