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Newcastle survive as Hull are relegated

Hull City were relegated to the Championship after failing to beat Manchester United on the final day of the Premier League season. hull

A point was not good enough to catch Newcastle United, who defeated West Ham to guarantee their survival.

Newcastle’s owner, Mike Ashley, told Sky Sports before the game against the Hammers that he was shocked at the league position the Magpies found themselves in; “I can’t really have really imagined it from Christmas.

“I probably didn’t anticipate we would probably be even near this situation so obviously after the last couple of weeks I’m still a little bit shocked by where we find ourselves today.”

ashleyThe businessman has been something of a hate figure for fans, who have seen results on the pitch decline and key players sold on despite the club announcing profits of nearly $20 million in the last couple of months.

However, when asked what his plans with the club were, Ashley replied; “Definitely to win something. By the way, I shall not be selling it until I do.”

Ashley still owns a Premier League club thanks to a 2-0 victory over West Ham. Moussa Sissoko scored the first before Jonas Gutierez netted the second after creating Sissoko’s opener.

The former Argentina international started the season being treated for testicular cancer and having chemotherapy. “To be honest I didn’t know whether I would be able to play football again,” the 31 year-old told the Daily Mirror.

“I’m here, I’m back, and I am enjoying playing football. gutierez

“I have been given a second chance in my life, I’m proud to be a Geordie and it was fantastic to get the win here.

“The people of Newcastle were fantastic with me, and the team. To be honest they don’t deserve this situation, we have to look forward.”

After the game, it was revealed that former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce would be leaving his post as West Ham manger, with Slaven Bilic the favourite to take the hot seat.

Current Newcastle caretaker boss, John Carver, praised his players mentality following the vital win; “I think the adrenalin is still pumping, but I have to say I think we dealt with our emotions and we dealt with the game very well,” he told Sky Sports.

“In the first half there weren’t too many chances and we knew it might take the last five minutes of the game before we could break them down.  jc

“Sam put his strongest team out and they came and were resolute, but it was all about what we were going to do and I think we put in a performance that was worthy of the victory.”

Meanwhile, on Humberside, Hull could only manage a goalless draw with Manchester United despite having two goals ruled out for offside during the first half.

City boss Steve Bruce told the BBC of his disappointment at dropping down a division; “It’s an awful experience and it will dawn on the players we are not in the Premier League anymore.

“There is talking and soul searching to be done. It is bitter and sad at the moment.” bruc

Last season the Tigers experienced the best season in their history, finishing 16th in the league and reaching the FA Cup Final.

However next season they will be playing in the Championship and Bruce lamented his side’s lack of goals this season; “In football, there are times when you feel like today; relegation from the Premier League. You are desperately disappointed with what has happened.

“Too many times I have come out and said we haven’t done badly and not scored. The team in general have to create and score goals. We have had umpteen chances and not been able to take them.

“We all have to take the brunt of it, we have not been good enough. I thought at the start of the season we would have enough to stay in the Premier League but we have not done enough. You have to come back as strong as possible.”

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