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Former EPL champion Blackburn plunges into 3rd tier

08 May 2017, 04:10 | Simon Arnold

Their fortunes have been on a downward slide lately, though. They were 14th in the top flight back then, now they are headed for the third tier of English football, a level unknown to them since 1980.

Fast forward 22 years and the northwest team, now in the hands of Asian poultry giant Venky's, failed to survive in the second tier after a dramatic final day of the League Championship season.

Since being purchased by the Indian company for roughly $73 million back in 2010, the team has been thrown into near utter chaos.

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.

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.

Blackburn became the first Premier League winners to be relegated to League One despite beating Brentford 3-1 on the final day of the Sky Bet Championship season.

Poor recruitment has only exacerbated the situation for Blackburn, but the club should eventually reach a tipping point.

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However, the wording suggests Hamas considers this to be an interim step, not a way of ending the conflict. He said the new document was "a tool for the future but it does not mean we're changing our principles".

The Clarets effectively ensured secured their Premier League status with a 2-2 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, which means they will be plying their trade two divisions above their local neighbours next term.

Birmingham, who were also in danger of relegation and brought in Harry Redknapp as manager last month to help keep them in the Championship, held on for a narrow 1-0 win over Bristol City to stay up, two points clear of Forest and Blackburn.

However, by the time Craig Conway converted a late penalty to make it 3-1, the game was up as Forest and Birmingham were winning.

"I've said it time and time again since I've arrived, my first game was Burton away and there was a fantastic support".

"I'll have a chat and see what their (Birmingham owners) ambitions are". "What's that? Beijing in China?"

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.



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