Championship table: Blackburn relegated as Birmingham and Nottingham Forest win

Clyde Nash
May 8, 2017

They are billing it in Blackburn as the biggest match since the club won the Premier League title on a nerve shredding day at Anfield in May 1995 and with good reason.

Forest looked set for the drop after Blackburn took a 2-0 first-half lead at Brentford, but Britt Assombalonga scored a penalty to put the twice European champions back in the box seat.

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 chose to fire Sam Allardyce as manager after just a month.

Blackburn's demise has been a long time in the making and is arguably a result of a lack of investment from controversial owners Venky's.

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The former England captain, 46, tweeted: "Devastated for @rovers and for the fans. The owners deserve it".

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. "We want our Rovers back" demanded the travelling fans at he final whistle, unsure whether their heavily-indebted club has even hit rock bottom.

Birmingham would have gone down instead, but for a 1-0 win at Bristol City, the second of Harry Redknapp's three-game rescue mission.

He said: "Whether the journey for me continues or not, let's see. We must play Thursday (against Celta Vigo) and then we go again against Tottenham, but we can not go with everything against Tottenham", the United manager said.

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

"I've said it time and time again since I've arrived, my first game was Burton away and there was a fantastic support". "What's that? Beijing in China?"

Mourinho said he was delighted with the performance of his players and said, under the burden of so many injuries and fixtures, he was surprised they managed to go 25 games unbeaten in the Premier League. "I'm off to China!"

But it was all rendered obsolete as Birmingham beat Bristol City 1-0 and Nottingham Forest stuffed Ipswich at the City Ground 3-0.

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Jack Grealish's late goal for Aston Villa helped secure a 1-1 draw with Brighton, handing the title to Newcastle United who won 3-0 at home to Barnsley.

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