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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

Live Reporting

By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    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

  3. Post update

    Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

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

  4. Post update

    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."

  5. Post update

    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."

  6. Manager reaction

    Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

    Newcastle coach John Carver and midfielder Jonas Gutierrez
    Image caption: 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."

  7. Post update

    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."

  8. Post update

    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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  10. 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."

  11. 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."

  12. BreakingBREAKING NEWS - ALLARDYCE TO LEAVE WEST HAM

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. FULL-TIME

    Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

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

  16. Post update

    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."

  17. Post update

    Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown

    Final Score

    "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."

  18. Post update

    Newcastle 2-0 West Ham

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!!

  21. Post update

    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."

  22. Post update

    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."

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. Post update

    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."

  26. 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.

  27. Post update

    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.

  28. Post update

    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."

  29. WEST HAM SUBSTITUTION

    Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

    Reece Burke is replaced by James Tomkins.

  30. 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.

  31. Post update

    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.

  32. WEST HAM SUBSTITUTION

    Newcastle 1-0 West Ham

    Morgan Amalfitano is on for Enner Valencia.

  33. 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?

  34. Post update

    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.

  35. Post update

    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."

  36. Post update

    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."

  37. Post update

    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.

  38. Post update

    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."

  39. GOAL

    Newcastle 1-0 West Ham - Moussa Sissoko

    Moussa Sissoko celebrates

    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.

  40. HOW DID HE MISS?

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    It's Emmanuel Riviere again!! How on earth did he fail to connect??

    Daryl Janmaat cruises down the right and plays a lovely square ball for the French striker who misses the ball altogether. It actually went through his legs after he shaped to shoot. Inexplicable.

  41. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Jonas Gutierrez, who season was halted because of cancer treatment, goes on a surging run but fails to find a final ball for Papiss Cisse. But Newcastle are through again...

  42. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Jack Colback delivers. The ball reaches Mike Williamson, who flicks the ball to the far post, but no one takes advantage. Goal kick.

  43. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Newcastle start the second half brightly. It has been a good performance by the Magpies today so far. And now they win their first corner of the game.

  44. KICK-OFF

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Back underway, by the way.

  45. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Synchronised starts to the second half here and at Hull's KC Stadium. Beautiful.

  46. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    The teams are back out. Magpies owner Mike Ashley, who gave his first TV interview today, has his arms folded.

    Ready?

    Ashley
  47. Hull relegated as it stands

    Hull 0-0 Man Utd

    Valdes

    Yup. That's the situation. Hull had two disallowed goals - rightly, ruled out for offside, while Manchester United keeper Victor Valdes - him of Barcelona fame - made a great save.

    Shamoon Hafez is bringing you the action from that match.

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  49. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at St James' Park

    "Mild applause from Newcastle United's fans for their team at half-time - plenty of effort but not a great deal of quality. And not the slightest noise or reaction from the crowd as Hull City's half-time score is read out."

  50. THE HALF-TIMES

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Here are the 'half-times' around the Premier League:

    Arsenal 4-0 West Brom

    Aston Villa 0-1 Burnley

    Chelsea 1-1 Sunderland

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Swansea

    Everton 0-1 Tottenham

    Hull 0-0 Man Utd - as it stands Hull will be relegated

    Leicester 2-0 QPR

    Man City 1-0 Southampton

    Follow those matches here.

    Stoke 5-0 (five) Liverpool

  51. HALF-TIME

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Right. Newcastle fans breathe easy. As it stands you lot will be watching your team play in the Premier League next season. Happy?

  52. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Newcastle full-back Daryl Janmaat loves to go forward and on this occasion he sprints up the pitch before firing a shot that takes a slight deflection. Adrian untroubled.

  53. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham's young defender Reece Burke, 18, who has been largely chasing the ball this afternoon, fires a shot that takes a big deflection and spins into the hands of goalkeeper Tim Krul.

    We are coming up to half-time. It's now Stoke 5-0 Liverpool. What larks!

  54. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    I'm never wholly convinced by goalkeeper Tim Krul and clearances. The Dutchman just about beats West Ham defender Carl Jenkinson to the ball on this occasion.

    At the other end, Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback delivers to the far post for the arriving Daryl Janmaat, who fails to direct his bullet header on target.

  55. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Nothing comes from the initial Jack Colback effort. Then Jonas Gutierrez has a pop from 30 yards which clears Adrian's goal by about 30 yards.

  56. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Now then. A free-kick to Newcastle after Winston Reid brings down Papiss Cisse. Thirty-five yards out.

  57. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Man Utd

    John Hartson

    BBC Radio 5 live at KC Stadium

    "Manchester United are fizzing the ball around well at the moment. Hull just can't get close enough. They started at such a fast pace but the away side are creeping back into it. Although Steve Harper is yet to be tested."

  58. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at St James' Park

    "Just the first signs of anxiety here at St James' Park as the early fizz has gone out of Newcastle United's play. West Ham United have settled to their task. More moans and groans by the minute. Tense."

  59. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Riviere

    It's Emmanuel Riviere again. A cross from the right falls to Newcastle's French striker, who fails to get a good connection from 12 yards. That's his third good chance of the match.

    I won't use the "come back to haunt you" line. But...

  60. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    By the way West Ham fans, if you do get a Europa League spot through the rather cute Fair Play system then your season starts again in July. But you knew that already, didn't you?

  61. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    The delivery is eventually cleared by Newcastle's defence, after the ball was taken off the head of the well-positioned Enner Valencia. The Magpies were living dangerously there.

  62. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    It's a free-kick to West Ham. Far left and about 40 yards from goal.

  63. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    It's all gone a little bit quiet at St James' Park after a frenetic opening. Calm before the storm?

  64. Post update

    Hull 0-0 Man Utd

    John Hartson

    BBC Radio 5 live at the KC Stadium

    "Hull can sense it. Manchester United do not look at the races today and the home side have had two goals disallowed, plus Victor Valdes has made a great save. United are here for the taking if Hull can keep up their momentum."

  65. CLOSE!

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Newcastle keeper Tim Krul comes to rescue as he makes a save to block Stewart Downing's shot from six yards. Was the West Ham midfielder in an offside position?

  66. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at St James' Park

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
    Image caption: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce

    "Huge roars sweep around St. James' Park every time Newcastle United come forward - which lends itself to enthusiasm but not, so far, to any composure. Emmanuel Riviere has looked their best bet with two chances.

    "West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, in what is likely to be his last game, looks relaxed without a tie in his technical area but he clearly wants to go out with a win, shouting orders and chewing gum like the world gum chewing champion."

  67. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Back at St James' Park we just had a stoppage for treatment to West Ham forward Enner Valencia.

  68. And over to Hull...

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Hull have had two goals disallowed, Manchester United keeper Victor Valdes has also made a great save. The Tigers are growling.

    Hull need to win to stand a chance of staying up.

    Follow the action from that match here.

  69. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    A round of applause in the 17th minute for Liam Sweeney and John Alder, the Newcastle fans who died in the MH17 air disaster last year.

  70. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Newcastle's France midfielder Moussa Sissoko tries his luck again down the right wing, but this time his attempt to cross the ball is halted by the impressive Aaron Cresswell.

  71. As it stands

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Newcastle full-back Daryl Janmaat surges forward and fires a low 20-yard shot that takes a small deflection which takes the venom out of it. Newcastle are winning the contest on points so far, but will a point at the end of the day be good enough?

    It's still Hull 0-0 Manchester United. If it stays the same, Hull go down.

  72. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    John Carver
  73. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Moussa Sissoko is getting a lot of space down that right-hand side. He delivers another cross into the box but it's easily collected by Hammers keeper Adrian.

  74. ACROBATIC EFFORT

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Riviere in action

    I'll give Newcastle's summer signing Emmanuel Riviere some credit - he doesn't shy away. He scored his first league goal against QPR last week and has now had two chances. This time an overhead kick at the far post goes inches wide of Adrian's post.

  75. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham manager "Big Sam" Allardyce got off his chair with a half-hearted display of "C'mon ref that was a penalty".

  76. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks

    Final Score

    "I have got a a sneaky feeling for Steve Bruce and Hull. If it starts to go their way and they get a goal, suddenly for the Newcastle players mouths will go dry. Don't forget the fans will be telling them what is going on. And all sorts of things can happen over these next 90 minutes."

  77. Post update

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Newcastle hearts in mouths. West Ham forward Enner Valencia appears to trip over the feet of defender Mike Williamson. No penalty says Martin Atkinson. What a start to the match.

    How are the nerves?

  78. CLOSE!

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    Emmanuel Riviere shoots

    Wow! Emmanuel Riviere screws a shot across the six-yard area after good work by Moussa Sissoko down the right. Riviere has made more of habit of missing rather than scoring this season.

  79. KICK-OFF

    Newcastle 0-0 West Ham

    The Hammers get us under way.

  80. Post update

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Newcastle ready? West Ham ready to spoil the day? Three, two, one...

  81. Post update

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    The Newcastle fans are in fine voice. It's a packed house inside a sunlit St James' Park. Mark Knopfler's theme from Local Hero blasts out for the last time this season. Will it be the last time before a Premier League match for some time?

  82. Play it again for the last time Sam?

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Believe it or not, another team are involved in today's entertainment at St James' Park.

    Ex-Magpies manager Sam Allardyce, who reports suggest could be an ex-Hammers manager soon, leads his West Ham side out following a season that has gone a little bit like this...

    West Ham graphic

    "It's not about what happens to Newcastle for me. Some have suggested that I'm all up for us winning to send them down, but it's far too far down the road for any of that stuff," Allardyce said, having been sacked by Newcastle in 2008 after just eight months in charge.

    "It's been a long time since we parted company and looking back to the past is never what I've been about because you can't affect what happens in the past. You learn from it and move on to the future."

    And on his West Ham side, who dropped from occupying a Champions League place to the current position of 11th:

    "We're all disappointed that we haven't achieved more than we have done," he added.

    "We could have had a great season and matched, with a bit more luck, the best season West Ham have had."

  83. Post update

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks

    Final Score

    "I said previously Newcastle have gone mentally and I stand by that. John Carver has been talking about this game being like a cup final. Well the problem with that is you never know how players are going to react in those types of game. If they can hold their nerve, their fortune is in their own hands."

  84. Mike Ashley speaks

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Well then, what do you make of all that from Mike Ashley? The man has a voice. Should he have spoken earlier in the season? Too little too late?

    Anyway, the players are ready to come out on to the pitch. I wonder if they watched the interview?

    So many questions.

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  86. Mike Ashley speaks

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Mike Ashley

    Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has spoken to Sky Sports, which I believe is his first TV interview since taking charge of the Magpies.

    On Newcastle's predicament:

    "I can't really imagine it from Christmas. I probably didn't anticipate the club to be anywhere near this situation. After the last couple of weeks I'm a little bit shocked where we are today.

    "Responsibility stops at my door."

    On his future at the club:

    "I'm not going anywhere until we win something. That includes getting a Champions League place."

    On appointing a new manager:

    "Managing director Lee Charnley and the football board will make a decision about any new manager. I will not be picking the next manager."

  87. BreakingBREAKING NEWS - MIKE ASHLEY SPEAKS

    Yes, you read that correctly. Coming up...

  88. Post update

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at St James' Park

    Mike Ashley

    "Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has just arrived pitchside and made his way up high into the stand at St. James' Park. He was was greeted with silence by the fans who recognised him apart from one who shouted: "Hope you're happy with yourself."

    "Ashley will be hoping that is as bad as it gets - but results here and at Hull City might decide that."

  89. Final Score now

    BBC Final Score

    Don't forget you can watch all the scores coming through on Final Score on BBC Two from 16:30 BST until 17:15 BST. Coverage starts from 14:30 BST on the BBC Red Button & Online.

    Presenter Jason Mohamed is joined in the studio by former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks and ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown. They will be discussing their strikers of the season and the coach of the year and you can have your say on #bbcfootball.

    You can also vote on who you think will go down on the main Premier League live text. The vote closes at 14:55 and the results will be revealed shortly after.

  90. And here's the bad news...

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Newcastle coach John Carver

    More of a bad omen.

    The last time Newcastle were relegated from the Premier League (2009), the final day games were played on 24 May, Hull faced Manchester United and Sunderland played Chelsea.

  91. The good news...

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Newcastle are obviously hoping for a favour from former manager "Big Sam" this afternoon - and the numbers point to good news Magpies fans!

    Sam Allardyce has won just two of his last 15 Premier League games (D5 L8), while West Ham have conceded at least two goals on the final day in each of the last three seasons.

  92. Live o'clock

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    By the way, if you want to follow the clash and carry-sized Premier League live text, which today is marshalled by Tom Rostance and Mike Henson, then click here and if you want to follow Hull v Manchester United then click here.

    We do spoil you.

  93. Post update

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    The Newcastle players are out on the St James' Park pitch going through the drills. I wonder what is going through their minds?

  94. 'A little bit more luck'

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Steve Bruce and John Carver
    Image caption: Who will survive?

    So yes. Here we are. Thirty-seven played, one remaining and it comes to this.

    Let's read the thoughts of "the best coach in the Premier League" John Carver. The Geordie was handed control of the team following the departure of Alan Pardew at the end of 2014, but the Magpies have only picked up 10 points in the second half of the season.

    "It's about five months now and in that time I don't think any other manager would have had to deal with everything I've had to deal with in their whole career," Carver said this week.

    "In a really strange way I've thoroughly enjoyed it. I really have. I think I got softened up a little bit when Alan [Pardew] was here and he took a bit of abuse. I got used to it.

    "It's not a nice thing to happen but I'm definitely a stronger person and, whatever happens after Sunday, I'll be better for it, one way or another.

    "If I had the chance again I'd do exactly the same and say, 'Yes, I want this job'. I'd just like to think I'd have the rub of the green a little bit more, a little bit more luck."

    He'll need a lot more than luck today.

  95. Post update

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer at St James' Park

    "Newcastle's fans have been drawn to St. James' Park hours before kick-off today. This superb arena, so close to the city centre, is every inch the perfect setting for a club to enjoy Premier League success, or indeed any success at all.

    "And yet they have to go back to 1969 for their last silverware in the Inter Cities' Fairs Cup - and now face the prospect of relegation from the Premier League. Little wonder that you can almost reach out and touch the mixture of frustration and anxiety of those fans already gathered around the concourses here waiting for kick-off against West Ham United."

  96. Team news

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Newcastle centre-back Mike Williamson returns after his two-match suspension. Papiss Cisse starts as does midfielder Vurnon Anita.

    West Ham pick Reece Burke and Kevin Nolan in the starting XI. They also name former Magpie midfielder Rob Lee's son, striker Elliot, on the bench. Imagine if he comes on to...

    Newcastle XI: Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Dummett, Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Gutierrez, Riviere, Cisse.

    West Ham XI: Adrian, Jenkinson, Burke, Reid, Cresswell, Song, Nolan, Kouyate, Downing, Valencia, Cole.

  97. Team news coming up...

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    The final Newcastle and West Ham team news of the season. Excited?

  98. And the award for best football drama goes to...

    Newcastle v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    (left to right) Mike Ashley, Ryan Taylor, John Carver

    If you dramatised the trials and tribulations of this club for TV it would clean up at the Baftas. And this latest series of 'Newcastle United' is going to end with one heck of a cliffhanger.

    Ten games without a win, disillusioned fans who want the owner to leave, a head coach who cannot seem to inspire his players, and now staring relegation in the face.

    Simple maths:

    Newcastle win= safe

    Newcastle don't win and Hull beat Manchester United = Newcastle down.

    Care to board the emotional rollercoaster (one that Alton Towers' architects would be proud of)?