Newcastle United will return to The Football League next season after relegation, and the club's managing director Lee Charnley has said the club is devastated.A 3-0 victory for Sunderland against Everton left the Magpies four points adrift of safety with one game to play, and they will play 2016/17 in the Sky Bet Championship, which they were crowned champions of in 2010.
"We are devastated at our relegation from the Premier League, as I know every single person connected to this football club will be," Charnley said in a statement on nufc.co.uk.
"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 underachievement.
"Your support throughout has been magnificent, but I want to pay particular thanks for the incredible backing you have given to Rafa and the team during the latter part of the season. Nothing more could be asked of you and I am truly sorry we have not given you the outcome you deserve.
"I also want to thank every single member of staff here. This Club is their livelihood, but they are fans too. To go through the threat of relegation last season and then to suffer a worse fate this time around has been very hard for them. I know that each and every one of them has done whatever they could to help us out of the situation we now find ourselves in.
"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."