Blackburn Rovers suffered a devastating relegation to League One on Sunday despite winning 3-1 at Brentford on the final day of the Championship season.
Tony Mowbray’s men knew that they needed to pick up all three points at Griffin Park to give themselves any chance of surviving, and they fulfilled their part of the bargain with goals from Charlie Mulgrew, Danny Guthrie and Craig Conway giving them a relatively comfortable win in the capital.
However, relegation rivals Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City also won to send Rovers – who won the Premier League title in 1995 – down to the third tier of English football for the first time since 1980.
Blackburn supporters were quick to have their say on the news via social media, and they were understandably distraught.
They are now demanding the owners – Venky’s – leave the club this summer following a turbulent spell at Ewood Park.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
@Rovers It was coming. Club is shambles now. Rebuilding needed.
— Jeremy A-Jack ✈️ (@JackAttack2393) May 7, 2017
@Rovers Congratulations! Now can Venkys sell up and move on please?
— Bryan Light (@UKLightCreation) May 7, 2017
@Rovers Results elsewhere? There's 46 games in a season, not good enough
— Emma (@yesitsemmaa) May 7, 2017
— Craig F (@NorthnMonkey) May 7, 2017
@Rovers this never would have happened I we stated the season with mowbray
— nathan manson (@manson_nathan) May 7, 2017
— Daniel Lilley (@LilleyGolf) May 7, 2017
@Rovers Sad day. We'll bounce back. Blue n white always
— Zakir Musa (@ZakirMusa3) May 7, 2017