Top 10 conclusions Premier League 24 May
1. Newcastle weren’t too good to go down after all. But I think relegation might benefit the club long-term. Mike Ashley will have to drop his price and might find a buyer, a lot of the deadwood will want to leave the club, and some of the youngsters will be given the opportunity to prove they are capable of stepping in.
2. It sums up this relegation ‘battle’ quite nicely that after we had worked out the implications of different results, all the teams involved lost anyway!
3. Manchester United’s reserve team could comfortably finish mid-table in the Premier League. It turns out the youngsters were capable of beating Hull.
4. Damien Duff’s most telling contribution to Newcastle’s disaster season was getting his foot to Gareth Barry’s wayward shot and scoring the own goal that relegated his club. Possibly the first time he has had a shot on target this campaign.
5. Being involved in a final day relegation fight can distract you from the sort of wardrobe malfunctions that might get on your nerves on a normal day. Either that or Phil Brown is pioneering the tarf – a cross between a tie and scarf. It will be next season’s must-have accessory.
6. Clinical finishing from Stoke’s James Beattie. Unfortunately for them it was into his own net.
7. Brad Jones’ howler to confirm Middlesbrough’s relegation tells you just about everything you need to know about their season.
8. Robbie Keane is capable of looking clinical at Anfield. He just needs his trusty Spurs shirt.
9. Cracking strike from Man Yoo youngster Darron Gibson. His 35-yard effort was worthy of relegating any time so Hull got lucky!
10. It was a good day for send-offs (Newcastle excluded, of course) with Sami Hyypia getting his very own mosaic, the captain’s armband and a fond farewell at Liverpool, and Tugay putting in a man of the match performance in his final game for Blackburn.