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Sunderland's 10-year stay in the Premier League came to an end today following a 1-0 defeat away at Bournemouth.
Josh King's strike in the 88th minute at the Stadium of Light, combined by the fact that Hull came away with a 0-0 draw against Southampton meant that Sunderland's fate was already sealed with four games to spare.
The Black Cats have been lurched in relegation battles for a number of years now and have somehow managed to do the unthinkable under managers such as Gus Poyet and Sam Allardyce and put together a great run towards the end of the season to do the unthinkable.
But it wasn't to be under David Moyes, who suffers relegation for the first-team in his managerial career following a dismal campaign that his seen his side win just five games in the Premier League, as well as tasting defeat on 23 occasions.
They have also failed to find the net in 18 of their 34 league games this term and when you are that at bad at putting the ball in the onion bag, relegation is inevitable.
BBC Match Of The Day commentator John Motson was asked for his thoughts on Sunderland's relegation to the Championship and did not hold back.
"A club badly managed from above for at least four years, three managers have got them out of it at the end of the season including Sam Allardyce a year ago, the rot set in at Sunderland a long time ago, and it came right from the top.
"I have no sympathy with them, they deserved to go down."
It's clear that Sunderland need a major rebuilding job in the summer, with key players Jermain Defoe and Jordan Pickford surely destined to leave.
Meanwhile David Moyes says he wishes to remain at the club as they look to get back in the big-time at the first time of asking, as their arch-rivals Newcastle did this season.
Sunderland fans, do you want Moyes to stick around or do you think he should be given the boot?
Sound off in the comment section below.
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