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Summary

  1. Sunderland safe after 3-0 win against Everton
  2. Newcastle relegated after Black Cats win
  3. Norwich down despite 4-2 win against Watford
  4. Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
  5. Click on audio icon for 5 live coverage

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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight all

Sunderland survive, farewell Canaries and Magpies

I guess we have to give the final word to Sunderland.

Many times during this live text I said they always find a way to survive but that's no throw away comment, it's an art form and perhaps underlines a strength of character that runs through the club. 

Sunderland fans, well done, enjoy next season.

Newcastle and Norwich fans, thanks for the memories. See you on the other side.

We've done it...

Sunderland survive

We've done it!! #WeAreSunderland !! The fans were amazing again! 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️💪🏻💪🏻

We've done it!! #WeAreSunderland !! The fans were amazing again! 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️💪🏻💪🏻

Manager reaction

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Guus Hiddink
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Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: "The team reacted very well. We played all game for the win and got an unlucky present in the last minute. We should have killed it off and I'm disappointed not to have the three points.

"Hazard was terrific and has been growing in fitness for some weeks. It's good to see. He had to suffer a lot with injuries this year but I'm very happy he's back.

"The players showed they love to play football."

Manager reaction

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "The result tonight was not important, what's important is that we take the right information out of the game.

"We started very well, and when we play like that with our compact defending we can be good. In a game like this, the crowd force you to attack. We have to develop a lot.

"I like it here. It's a nice place and a world-class club."

Grab your keepsake

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

One aspect of tonight we have overlooked is the fact that when Liverpool fans return to Anfield next season, the Main Stand will be very different indeed after its makeover.

It's not quite like events at West Ham last night, but some at Anfield are claiming their souvenirs according to Ian Doyle of the Liverpool Echo...

People in the Main Stand are physically removing their seats and taking them home with them.

Sunderland 3-0 Everton: We want that winning feeling - Roberto Martinez
Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he wants to experience that "winning feeling" again losing 3-0 to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The shot tally

Sunderland 3-0 Everton

It's important we keep this tally as it is pretty shocking. Everton have faced 82 shots in three away games.

The future of manager Roberto Martinez will be under increased scrutiny again. We have a video of his reaction to a 3-0 defeat at Sunderland next...

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Newcastle and Norwich relegated

The Championship Twitter account wasted no time.

Latest followers...

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Barton puts the boot in...

Newcastle are relegated

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Former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has taken a swipe at the club's hierarchy. The midfielder helped the Magpies back into the Premier League in 2010 but won't face them in the Championship next season having won promotion with Burnley.

"Gutted I won't get the chance to play at St James's Park next season," tweets Barton. "Premier League will be poorer for 50,000+ Geordies every other week.

"Relegation may act as a catalyst at boardroom level. Because they are not currently worthy of being the custodians of such a great club."

Player reaction

Newcastle relegated

Absolutely gutted! But we have to pick up and start again to come back stronger #NUFC

Jamaal Lascelles has looked pretty useful of late so this drop will come as a blow to a 22-year-old defender who is just settling in to life in the big time.

The Championship will inevitably bring a regular place in the side for him but one wonders why he wasn't getting that luxury earlier on this season.

'I hope I'm here next season'

Sunderland survive

More from Sam Allardyce as he speaks to Sky Sports: "I hope I am here next season. We have just secured the financial side of being in the Premier League which was most important this season. What that gives us in terms of spending power, it is the same for everybody. It is about how wise we spend it, find players we need, like we did in January.

"The next set of recruitment is crucial for the football club, so we are not cheering or doing a lap of honour for having avoided relegation."

Manager reaction

Sunderland survive

Sam Allardyce
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Sam Allardyce speaking to Sky Sports: "If you go back to November, Everton 6-2 Sunderland, it shows how far we have come.

"There were a long few winter months, we got players in January and turned into a team from January onwards. We became a team that was difficult to beat, who did not like losing and continued the run constantly for the last few months.

"The Norwich result was the big one we needed, we got close, there was a slip up and then I think the performance against Chelsea, the comeback, gave us momentum to win this game against Everton."

Relegation's financial hit

Newcastle and Norwich relegated

Let's not forget the financial implications for Newcastle and Norwich City as they join Aston Villa in the Championship.

With the Premier League's record new television deal kicking in next season, they will miss out on some serious bounty.

It's hard to say if they have spent any of that in advance, neither have gone crazy on transfers but of course, they will inevitably be carrying one or two players on Premier League wages who may have to take a hit to their earnings or head off to pastures new.

Newcastle are relegated

Devastated!!😢 But We will be back!🙏🏼 @NUFC #ToonArmy 💙⚪️⚫️

Manager reaction

Norwich 4-2 Watford

Norwich boss Alex Neil: "It is severe disappointment. In recent matches we have known it was going to be a difficult match. We had it in our hands five matches ago but we came up short.

"The story for us is that as a club, we have dropped short for a variety of reasons. We have made vital errors in games at crucial times and the recruitment has not been as good to strengthen the squad.

"The support was humbling. We have not given them too much to shout about and that makes it harder for me to accept for letting them down.

"I am here to do a job, the club will be bigger than me and I am not fearing for my job."

Joy and despair aplenty

It's a night to be a winner...

Sunderland
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Sunderland fans
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Because those on the other side of the fence have a 46-game Championship season to conquer next term if they are to return to where everyone wants to be.

Norwich
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Norwich
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Newcastle United statement

Newcastle are relegated

Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley
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Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley has put out a statement in which he thanks fans and staff at the club for their contribution this season.

"Tonight we are devastated at our relegation from the Premier League, as I know every single person connected to this football club will be," he writes.

"I want to thank all of the fans for the support you have shown for the club you love throughout the season, in spite of this massive disappointment and under-achievement.

"We know that supporters want to know what the future holds and will want to hear more from us as soon as possible.  The process of scrutinising what went wrong and planning for what is to come has already begun. Right now, of course, Rafa and the team must prepare for the final game of the season but after that, please rest assured we will communicate more fully with supporters."   

'As hard as it is to say...'

Newcastle are relegated

Right, we will of course touch on Watford, Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton but much of our focus is on the relegation portion of tonight's buffet.

Back to Newcastle matters as the club have just put out a statement but first, a tough-to-swallow tweet for their famous number nine...

You can't pretend it hadn't been coming. @NUFC not learned lessons from 2009. Hard as it is for me to say, well done Sam and @SunderlandAFC

'Surely the end'

Sunderland 3-0 Everton

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

This result must surely be the end for Roberto Martinez as Everton manager.

This was the third successive Premier League away performance that has bordered on embarrassment after the losses at Liverpool and Leicester City.

Such is the strength of discontent about the Martinez regime that it might actually be humane to withdraw the Catalan from the firing line before a potentially toxic final game at home to Norwich City this weekend.

What about Roberto?

Sunderland 3-0 Everton

There will be a lot of Sunderland talk, a lot of Newcastle talk, a lot of Norwich talk, but what about this man?

Our chief football writer has something to say and that's coming next...

Martinez
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Defoe reaction

Sunderland 3-0 Everton

Defoe and Allardyce
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Jermain Defoe to Sky Sports: "The fans drive the teams on to win games, it is an unbelievable feeling to stay up again and I am delighted. 

"If you look at the great teams over the years it is all about team spirit and togetherness, the main thing has been the team spirit.

"Tonight it was a case of being relaxed and not getting caught up in the occassion. The first goal settled us down.

"He (Sam Allardyce) has been there and done it, he is a top manager and away from the pitch he is a great man, we are all delighted."

And they survive (like always)

Sunderland stay up

Sunderland have spent 237 days in the relegation zone. More than Aston Villa! #SAFC safe with a game to spare...

Sunderland have spent 237 days in the relegation zone. More than Aston Villa! #SAFC safe with a game to spare...

Newcastle are relegated

Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez
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Tino wasting no time

Newcastle are relegated

Work very hard to come back to @premierleague for your fans. WE DESERVE IT!! #NUFC

Work very hard to come back to @premierleague for your fans. WE DESERVE IT!! #NUFC

Back to the bottom

Sunderland 3-0 Everton

Right then, back to the relegation picture. If you're just joining us Norwich put on a cracking display to win but go down courtesy of Sunderland's 3-0 smashing of Everton.

Newcastle are heading into the second tier too and we already have a feature on our website about yet another fall suffered by such a big club.

FULL-TIME

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea

Eden Hazard sparkled, Liverpool dug in, a late goal came and we go on to Sunday with nothing on the line. Liverpool of course, will be focused on a certain event in Basel just over a week from now.

Chelsea, well, I guess their holidays are a day closer.

GOAL

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea - Christian Benteke

Oh dear Asmir Begovic. That's why Thibaut Courtois -  in the stands due to being unwell - has the number one jersey.

Sheyi Ojo - off the bench - swings in a cross which the big keeper only flaps at to deflect the ball onto the head of Christian Benteke who cannot miss.

Goal number 10 of the season for Benteke.

Christian Benteke
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The Big Sam effect

Sunderland 3-0 Everton

Neil Lennon

Former Celtic boss on BBC Radio 5 live

"Wherever he has been, he has done a fantastic job. Every club leave tends to suffer after he leaves."

Sunderland 3-0 Everton

Sam Allardyce has lost the plot.

He is fist pumping, tensing his muscles (yes, tensing his muscles), pointing, clapping. Not only did his team survive tonight, they were a credit to big Sam football. In your face, getting the ball in where it hurts and generally just being a nuisance.

Hats off to them. I tell you what though, I wouldn't mind hearing what conversation Mike Ashley is having now.

GREAT SAVE!

Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

Liverpool have only lost once in seven league games so this would be a cracking grind by Chelsea... AND THEY ARE IN... Pedro is racing clear, he doesn't have the legs but pulls it back onto his left foot and his low shot is parried by Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea

We will come back to Sunderland shortly but for now let's nip to Anfield.

Joe Allen with a deep cross, Sheyi Ojo volleys across goal at the back post and that was close.

A job well done

Sunderland 3-0 Everton

I don't think I've ever seen as much collective hugging as is going on down on the Stadium of Light pitch right now.

The handshakes are everywhere you look. John O'Shea has his young child in his arms and little Ruby is crying - it is noisy after all. 

I don't know why this is even a big deal, Sunderland always pull this off don't they?

The players and staff are on a lap of honour as we speak and boy oh boy are they getting some love.

One for the Black Cats...

Sunderland 3-0 Norwich

Sunderland
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Goodbye Newcastle...

Sunderland 3-0 Everton

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Goodbye Norwich...

Norwich 4-2 Watford

Norwich
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FULL-TIME

Sunderland 3-0 Everton

A warm embrace for his players, Sam Allardyce has done it again, ducked the drop. Handshakes all over the show, some fans are on the pitch in this moment of annual relief for Sunderland Football Club.

What a season they had, what a season they always seem to have. At one point we thought we may not have any north-east representative in the Premier League next season. We will have two - Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

FULL-TIME

Norwich 4-2 Watford

That will be that for Norwich City in the Premier League, for now at least. A second relegation in three years. A noble effort tonight, the damage was done in recent weeks with a torrid run of form.

Ryan Bennett
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Norwich 4-2 Watford

Norwich may have one more flurry as they win a free-kick on the edge of the area. 

Romelu Lukaku has just spun in the six-yard box and slammed one onto the bar at Sunderland. 

Back to Norwich, it will be Gary O'Neil with the free-kick... into the wall.

Sunderland 3-0 Everton

Jermain Defoe breaks through the Everton defence - a pony carrying a cart would have the pace to do that tonight - his shot is tame and saved by the legs of Joel Robles.

We have five minutes of added time.