Premier League trio set for Championship football

Sunderland's English manager Sam Allardyce waves to fans during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, northeast England on May the 11th, 2016.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez insisted he had no doubt over the commitment of his players after losing 3-0 to Sunderland and stretching their dismal recent run of form to one win from their last 10 games.

Norwich beat Watford 4-2 in the same evening, but the result could not prevent their demotion along with the Magpies, who had been in the Premier League since the 2010/11 season.

Alex Neil's Norwich got the better of Watford in a ding-dong contest at Carrow Road, but Sunderland's win meant that they would have been relegated regardless.

Despite leaving it late in a season, which has rarely seen Sunderland far from the bottom three, Tom said the drama "made this end to the season perfect".

Allardyce said that his comments provided a "challenge" for him coming into the club, but he said that he used it as "motivation for the players" and that they have gone on and "proved him wrong", which is certainly "satisfying for the players".

"Before Big Sam came Sunderland were heading in only one direction - and that was to the Championship", said James.

"What we're focusing now is to prepare the game for Sunday and try to get a winning feeling".

Newcastle —much to Sunderland's delight —and Norwich were demoted instead, joining already-relegated Aston Villa in going down just as the Premier League begins its new domestic and global TV deals worth $12 billion over the next three years.

However, Kone believes there is a backbone of a successful side at Allardyce's disposal after Sunderland have suffered just four defeats in their last 18 games. For Roberto Martinez, however, the future looks increasingly bleak after another appallingly lackluster performance from his side, who played like they cannot wait for the end of the season to come fast enough.

"We need to win football games, when you don't do that (pressure) is normal", he told Sky Sports.



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