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Summary

  1. Newcastle stay up
  2. Sissoko header puts Newcastle in front
  3. Gutierrez gets Magpies' second
  4. Hull relegated after 0-0 draw with Man Utd

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By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

Thanks Blake. Well, we say farewell to the 2014-2015 Premier League season. Newcastle after yet another "season horribilis" manage to secure safety on the last day of their campaign with, in all fairness, quite a comfortable win.

And West Ham say goodbye to manager West Ham, after another season their fans can be content with.

So I guess everybody is reasonably happy.

Until next season.

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Blake Keeble: Well, at least the horses will be safe in Newcastle tonight

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

By the way the home fans who stayed to protest have left, in case you were wondering.

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

Newcastle goalscorer Jonas Gutierrez, who spent time undergoing cancer treatment this season: "I didn't know if I was ever going to play football again but I'm here, I'm back & I'm enjoying playing football."

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Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

Crystal Palace manager and ex-Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: I'm pleased for the fans at Newcastle. I had a good first half of the season there.

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

Former Newcastle captain Alan Shearer

BBC Radio 5 live

"I don't think anyone could say Newcastle didn't deserve the result today. There was a great atmosphere, the players showed they wanted to stay in the Premier League and the fans backed them. I'm delighted they will be playing top-flight football next season.

"Jonas Gutierrez scoring at the end is a fantastic story. If there is one guy who really works his socks off it's Jonas, and he was doing it in my time at the club too. After all he has been through I know how much that goal will mean to him today. He has shown incredible commitment to the club.

"Now if they stop selling their best players, bring in a few new faces and play the best team in cup competitions, you never know, we might just have a very good club on our hands."

Manager reaction

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

Newcastle coach John Carver and midfielder Jonas Gutierrez
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Newcastle coach John Carver and midfielder Jonas Gutierrez

Newcastle's delighted coach John Carver:

"I told the players it was going to be a 90-minute rollercoaster and I thought we controlled our emotions quite well. We knew what was happening at Hull, but we had to go about our own business. Credit to West Ham manager Sam Allardyce for putting out a strong side. There were no 'gimmies' and it was a good performance.

"The whole season has been difficult, when we went to New Zealand we lost the two lads [two fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney died in the 2014 Malaysian Airlines crash in Ukraine], and that was a tragedy. I think they were looking down on us today. There have been some tough times, but I'm stronger for it. I knew when I looked in players eyes they were ready for this. Every player deserves credit. We have not had a good season, but I am going to enjoy this moment.

"I still want this job, I love this club but I know this is a big summer. We have to invest. Owner Mike Ashley has said that and that is encouraging. I want a summer where I can bring in the players I want. Today has given me more enthusiasm to do what I want to do."

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks

Final Score

"West Ham gave a really good account of themselves today and made Newcastle work for it. Credit to John Carver - the home side have got over the line.

"I do feel desperately sorry for Steve Bruce because he's had a lot of bad luck. Injuries, the situation with Jake Livermore, and even though the investment has been there it's been difficult because this year has just not gone for them."

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

Anyway, it's all happening at St James'. Back to the match outcome, which sees Newcastle avoid relegation following a 2-0 win over West Ham.

Hull were held 0-0 by Manchester United. A win for Steve Bruce's side would have not affected the bottom three.

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Allardyce to leave West Ham

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

West Ham's soon-to-be-ex-manager Sam Allardyce:

"There wasn't a contract talked about. It's right for both of us to move on. I've enjoyed this opportunity to manage this football club.

"I take great pride in what I've achieved and what I've helped the football club do. A huge amount of players came in and went out. Everything the club has asked me to do I've delivered. I'll have a break and see what happens. I'll have a summer without worrying about pre-season and what's happening with players.

"I think it's time for me to go. We move on. I spoke to the chairman and said I enjoyed my time [here]. All my contact was with David Sullivan. The relationship in football terms was with David Sullivan.

"I'm not in the market for the start of next season, I wouldn't have thought so. When you get the opportunity to have a break you don't jump out of the frying pan and into the fire.

"I've had a lot more good times here then not so good ones. The club is in a fantastic position."

Allardyce to leave West Ham

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

Many thought it was going to happen, and now it's official. West Ham will be looking for a new manager.

Club statement:

"West Ham United will begin the search for a new manager after the club decided not to renew the contract of Sam Allardyce following the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.

"Joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold will now oversee the recruitment process for a new manager to lead the club into one of the most exciting eras in its history. The Hammers will bid an emotional farewell to the Boleyn Ground, their home of more than 110 years, next season before the club moves to London's premier, state-of-the-art 54,000 seater stadium on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in August 2016.

"The board has already compiled a shortlist of replacements for Allardyce and will be making significant transfer funds available for the successful candidate."

BreakingBREAKING NEWS - ALLARDYCE TO LEAVE WEST HAM

Ashley protests

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

As indicated by fans group Ashleyout.com - which wants the removal of Newcastle owner Mike Ashley from the club - there are protests inside St James' Park.

Hull relegated

Hull 0-0 Man Utd

It's all over at Hull. They are relegated after a 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United. They could have won 10-0 and it wouldn't have mattered.

FULL-TIME

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

It's all over. Newcastle are safe. Relief all around St James' Park.

Hull 0-0 Man Utd

John Hartson

BBC Radio 5 live at KC Stadium

"There a few Hull fans getting up from their seats and making their way out of the ground now. The home side have had good chances but it's all irrelevant now Newcastle are going to win."

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

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"There is a huge slice of luck for Gutierrez. It is great for him though, you can only imagine what he has been through. He is going to be synonymous in the minds of the Newcastle fans with this season."

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

Three minutes of added time. Newcastle fans want that whistle blown now.

GOAL

Newcastle 2-0 West Ham - Jonas Gutierrez

You could not script it. Of all the people. Jonas Gutierrez. A relative stalwart of the team, a guy who didn't know whether he would play again after undergoing treatment for cancer this season, scores the goal that will surely keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

The Argentine got hold of the ball in midfield then struck a low shot that took a deflection en route to beating Adrian.

SO, SO CLOSE!

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

Yes, yes, yes, yes... noooooooooooooo! Newcastle four on two. Vurnon Anita surges forward. He must score. No, he tries to square it to Moussa Sissoko, but the ball is claimed by keeper Adrian. Oh Vurnon!!

Hull 0-0 Man Utd

John Hartson

BBC Radio 5 live at KC Stadium

"There is no need for that at all. It is late from Marouane Fellaini. His studs are showing and it's a red card. Paul McShane is still down, and he is a tough lad. He was caught on the inner thigh."

Hull 0-0 Man Utd

Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks

Final Score

"Today Hull have suffered from what they have been suffering from all season - not being able to put the ball into the back of the net. They've had opportunities but haven't made Manchester United pay. Having said that, Victor Valdes has pulled out two stunning saves."

Back at Hull

Hull 0-0 Man Utd - Marouane Fellaini sent off

Manchester United are down to 10 men. Hull need to make the most of their advantage - 10 minutes remaining.

CLOSE!

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

There is hesitation at the back between keeper Adrian and James Tomkins for West Ham that Papiss Cisse almost capitalises on, but he doesn't.

At the other end, former Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan fires fractions wide from 20 yards.

Nailbiting.

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at St James' Park

"St James' Park is about as serene as it has been all afternoon - but not that serene. Newcastle have been by far the better side in this second half but as we enter the last 15 minutes there is still the capacity for all that to change."

Chance for Hull

Hull 0-0 Man Utd

Manchester United keeper Victor Valdes makes another great save to deny Nikica Jelavic. Even if Hull win, they will go down as it stands.

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

Newcastle's goalscoring hero - if ever an adjective was apt - Sissoko is bossing the right flank. He delivers a ball into the area for Papiss Cisse whose goalbound header is blocked.

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at St James' Park

"Newcastle United's goal has given West Ham United's supporters the chance to turn their fury on manager Sam Allardyce. He is receiving what can be politely termed as the time-honoured gesture of disapproval from thousands of travelling fans along with chants of 'You're Getting Sacked In The Morning'.

"That may be wrong on a contractual technicality but hard to see Allardyce being around for much longer."

WEST HAM SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

Reece Burke is replaced by James Tomkins.

Hull relegated as it stands

Hull 0-0 Man Utd

Over on Humberside, Hull are all over Manchester United, but they have not made the deadlock. But as we speak the camera crew at the KC Stdium are ready to grab those shots of tearful home supporters.

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

Newcastle win another free-kick. This time it comes to nothing. There are 26 minutes and stoppage time for the Magpies to hold on to victory and survival.

WEST HAM SUBSTITUTION

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

Morgan Amalfitano is on for Enner Valencia.

As it stands

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

As it stands, Newcastle will finish in 16th with 39 points. What was the fuss all about?

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

Worth noting that Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been criticised on social media for not being fully committed to the cause in recent times. Watch that goal on Match of the Day. Committed.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

Final Score

"They are going absolutely wild but there is still a long way to go. The way that Sissoko wins that header, that is what John Carver has been asking for, total commitment.

"It is just about them calming down, staying on top of things and closing the game out now."

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at St James' Park

"They would have heard that roar on the Tyne Bridge. Deafening noise at St James' Park as Moussa Sissoko heads in at the far post. An outpouring of celebration and relief all around the stadium.

"After his own celebrations manager John Carver was gesturing to Daryl Janmaat to keep things calm - while Janmaat was busy urging Newcastle's fans to turn up the volume even more."

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

Newcastle head coach John Carver got hold of that tension, took a shovel and threw it in the bin. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley sat his his seat before getting up and celebrating with the rest of the hierarchy.

It was said that Newcastle players had their flip-flops on a few weeks ago. I've just seen a beach ball bounce down the St James' Park steps.

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

Former Newcastle defender Steve Watson

BBC Radio 5 live at St James' Park

"Fantastic goal. Great quality from Jonas Gutierrez on the cross and Moussa Sissoko just did exactly what you want the wide man to do - coming in from the far side, he was powerful. Now Newcastle just have to keep their heads."

GOAL

Newcastle 1-0 West Ham - Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko celebrates
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GOAAAAAAAAAAL! Huge, huge goal for Newcastle. Moussa Sissoko leaps highest in the penalty area to head in a cross from the left. He wanted that more than anyone. He demanded that.

Victory assures Newcastle of safety.