Sunderland’s 10-year stay in the Premier League came to an end after a 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday. Josh King scored the winner in the 88th minute at the Stadium of Light to relegate the Black Cats, who needed to better Hull's result at Southampton to prolong their stay in the top flight for at least another week.
Jermain Defoe and Fabio Borini went closest for the hosts in an open game while King hit the bar for the Cherries in the 20th minute. The win means Bournemouth pass the 40-point mark and are now 10 points clear of the relegation zone, while Sunderland have been relegated from the Premier League on four occasions, having spent nearly all of the season in the bottom three.
They have only won five matches and the swathes of empty seats at the full-time whistle told their own story.