23 May 2011

Blackpool and Birmingham join West Ham in relegation

6:41 pm on 23 May 2011

Blackpool and Birmingham have joined West Ham in being relegated from English football's Premier League after the final round of matches.

Blackpool's debut season in the top-flight came to an end at Old Trafford where they were beaten 4-2 by champions Manchester United while Birmingham were relegated after losing 2-1 at Tottenham.

Manchester City made sure of automatic qualification to the Champions League with a two one win at Bolton.

But a dismal season for Arsenal finished with a 2-all draw at Fulham.

The result left Arsenal in fourth place and means they must go through qualifying to reach next season's Champions League group stage.

Chelsea finished runners-up to United despite suffering a 1-nil loss at Everton, with Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti promptly sacked.

The former Australia and Netherland coach Guus Hiddink, who guided Chelsea to the FA Cup while acting as caretaker manager, is among likely conteders to replace him.

Liverpool's season ended with a 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa which saw them finish in sixth place and means the Merseysiders will miss out on European football next season for the first time in 11 years.

West Bromwich Albion drew 3-all at Newcastle while already-relegated West Ham were beaten 3-nil by Sunderland.