Middlesbrough Relegated

Middlesbrough lost 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last night, putting an end to their season long stay in the Premier League. For Chelsea, it means they are now just one win away from being crowned champions, they could achieve that on Friday against West Brom.

Boro have struggled for goals all season, in fact they are the lowest scorers in the division, scoring just 26. It had been clear from the first few months of the season that Boro lacked the quality that would keep them out of danger. When the club parted company with Aitor Karanka, Boro had a real chance to turn things around, they had every opportunity to bring in an experienced manager that could guide the club to safety. However, the club opted to put Steve Agnew in charge, a man with little managerial experience.

I have said on many occasions this season, Boro could not afford to be relegated this season. They will find it difficult in the Championship, there will be a lot of changes to the team, the hierarchy need to ensure the squad is ready to challenge for the promotion places next season. The club do not want another 7 seasons in the second tier.

Many of the fans will be asking why an experienced manager was not put in charge, after Karanka’s dismissal. Middlesbrough join Sunderland in the Championship next season, with one more relegation place to be decided. It remains to be seen whether the club choose to stick with Steve Agnew next season. It is a certainty that whoever is in charge, will have a massive rebuilding job on their hands. The likes of Negredo, Traore, Gibson, Ramirez and Valdes will surely leave.

It has been a tough few seasons for North East football, with all three teams being relegated from the Premier League in that period. Newcastle last season, who have booked their place in the Premier League for the next campaign. Sunderland and Middlesbrough have fallen victims to the drop this time around. As Middlesbrough well know, the Championship is a very tough league to get out of. Both North East sides will find it hard going in the second tier, a division that is so demanding and relentless.

The Championship will be as interesting as ever next season, the likes of Leeds, Aston Villa, Derby, Sunderland, Middlesbrough and the sides who fall short in the play-offs this season, will be looking to be in the race for automatic promotion next season.

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