Yesterday was the final day of this season’s Premier League. With Chelsea having already secured the title, all eyes were trained on Newcastle United and Hull City to see which teamwere fated to join Queens Park Rangers and Burnley in the Championship next season. Hull were in the weaker position before kick-off, needing to beat visitors Manchester United, and for Newcastle to lose or draw against West Ham United.
In a rare interview, the owner of Newcastle United, Mike Ashley, spoke about his continued commitment to the club and his determination not to sell it until they win a trophy or earn Champions League football. It’s unlikely that this would appease fans who have become increasingly frustrated with Ashley’s lack of investment in the team, selling players at a profit but failing to reinvest those funds in new signings. Since the appointment of John Carver as Head Coach, Newcastle’s season has deteriorated, and that lack of investment might have cost the football club and Ashley dearly.
Despite new signings in the summer, Hull have been unable to find the net all season. However, it seems unfair to lay all the blame on the manager, Steve Bruce, as Hull have been extremely unlucky with injuries. On the day, Hull scored repeatedly against Man Utd only to have all shots discounted as off-side, but even if they had counted, it wouldn’t have saved them from the drop. A two goal win over the Hammers ensured Newcastle’s safety. As the final whistle blew, Mike Ashley could be seen celebrating their great escape, while Hull’s Premier League dreams lay in tatters.