25 May 2015

Hull relegated, Newcastle survive on last day of EPL

6:50 am on 25 May 2015

Hull City have been relegated but Newcastle United survived the drop on a dramatic final day of the English Premier League football season when West Ham United announced that manager Sam Allardyce's contract was not being renewed.

Premier League - A Newcastle fan wearing an angry mask.

Newcastle fans have something to smile about. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Newcastle's 2-nil win over West Ham at St James' Park meant they finished with 39 points while Hull ended on 35 and in the bottom three after drawing 0-0 at home with Manchester United.

Elsewhere there were farewells for stalwarts Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Didier Drogba, who all played their last Premier League matches after long careers in the top flight.

Lampard scored Manchester City's opener in their 2-nil win over Southampton, while Gerrard scored Liverpool's consolation in a stunning 6-1 loss at Stoke City, their heaviest league defeat since April 1963.

Drogba, who is leaving Chelsea after his second spell at the club, was carried off by his team mates when he was substituted with an injury after 24 minutes of the champions' 3-1 home win over Sunderland.

The match was played in something of a party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea were presented with the Premier League trophy at the end of the game.