Two of the three relegation places in the Premier League were confirmed at the weekend, with Burnley and Queens Park Rangers returning to The Football League.Burnley picked up a 1-0 win away at fellow strugglers Hull City, but other results meant their fate was sealed with two games remaining.
Speaking to Burnley’s official website, manager Sean Dyche said: "There has been no lack of effort or belief. We have kept fighting, demanding and believing. There are lots of good things, but underlining all that is the disappointment of not retaining our status in the Premier League.
“Overall, we make sense of it all and move forward. I can’t even tell you how much better shape this club is now from two-and-a-half years ago.
“We had just jumped from 16th to 13th in the Championship. Well, we’ve come a long way in that time and there will naturally be a reflection over time.”
Meanwhile, QPR knew only a win at champions Manchester City would give them a chance of survival, but they went down 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
The defeat means QPR will be back in the Sky Bet Championship after winning last season’s Play-Off Final, and club chairman Tony Fernandes is already looking to the future.
“The Premier League is the toughest competition in world football, so we were well aware of the complexities of the task this season and unfortunately we’ve fallen just short,” Fernandes told the club’s website.
“I feel desperately for the fans who have been absolutely fantastic again this season, as they always are.
“Obviously we’re all very disappointed that our fate has been sealed, but I don’t want to dwell on it. I want to focus on the future.
“We have an opportunity to rebuild again and put in place the foundations to deliver long term success and stability at QPR.”