Leicester and Leeds are RELEGATED from the Premier League as Everton defeat Bournemouth to survive on a dramatic final day of the season
- Leicester and Leeds were relegated from the Premier League on Sunday evening
- They join Southampton, after Everton beat Bournemouth at Goodison Park
Leicester and Leeds have been relegated from the Premier League on a dramatic final day of the season, as Everton narrowly Bournemouth 1-0 to survive.
The pair join Southampton, whose relegation from the Premier League to the Championship was confirmed over two weeks ago. The trio will be replaced by the promoted Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton.
It was elation for Everton and Sean Dyche – who replaced Frank Lampard late in January – however, as they claimed a final-day victory over Bournemouth at Goodison Park, in turn securing their Premier League safety.
For Leicester, it was heartbreak despite claiming a 2-1 win over West Ham, however, as they return to the Championship for the first time since 2014, when they won the league under the guidance of Nigel Pearson.
Leeds, who ended their 16-year wait to return to the Premier League only in 2020, lost 4-1 at home to Tottenahm and now drop to the Championship, with their late gamble to appoint Sam Allardyce ultimately proving futile.
Dean Smith was unable to save Leicester as they were relegated from the Premier League
Sam Allardyce also saw his Leeds side drop to the Championship after being battered by Tottenham
Sean Dyche proved to be the saviour as Everton beat Bournemouth to stay in the Premier League
It also turned out to be too little, too late for manager Dean Smith, who replaced Brendan Rodgers late in April with the 2015-16 Premier League winners then in 19th place and two points from safety.
The battle to beat the drop took centre stage on the final day, with Manchester City having already wrapped up a third-straight Premier League title, and the top-four confirmed – while two points separated Everton in 17th and Leeds in 19th.
Everton came into the day with their Premier League destiny in their own hands, knowing a win at home to already-safe Bournemouth would be enough. And it was a win they claimed, by virtue of a stunning a second-half strike from Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Leicester and Leeds knew only a win – and some help from Bournemouth – would suffice. Leeds were 1-0 down after only two minutes, however, and eventually fell to defeat against Tottenham, with Harry Kane scoring twice to notch 30 for the season.
With Everton struggling to break the Bournemouth defence and heading in 0-0 at half-time – leading to boos from the Goodison Park crowd – it was actually Leicester who went into the break safe, after Harvey Barnes put the Foxes 1-0 up.
Leicester doubled their lead through Wout Faes, before Pablo Fornals pulled one back – but ultimately, with Everton winning, the result was meaningless.
Leicester players were left hearbroken after their return to the Championship was confirmed
Leeds captain Luke Ayling was in tears as he acknowledged the Ellan Road crowd after the game