Sunderland's 3-0 victory against Everton condemned their cross-town rivals to relegation for the second time in seven seasons.
The season promised so much for Newcastle United with Steve McClaren promising to elevate the club from its mediocre standards of the past.
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Newcastle have long been a club who's transfer policy revolves around buying foreign players with potential at an inexpensive price.
One of the major drawbacks of their transfer style is that it resulted in a squad of players without any real Premier League experience. Many supporters claimed the players lacked the passion or drive to sweat it out for their club.
Newcastle had one of the worst defensive records in the league come mid-way through the season but ended up paying around £25 million for attacking players like Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend, rather than bringing in defensive reinforcements.
The one thing that has stayed the same at St James' Park since their initial relegation to the Championship is their defence, so that raises the question, why hasn't it been improved?
Under McClaren, the team lacked any organisation and scarcely ever showed the hunger for the points.
By the time Rafael Benitez came in, Newcastle were facing an uphill battle for Premier League safety.
The team did find some rhythm and put up impressive wins against Swansea City and Crystal Palace, but ultimately it would all prove to be in vain.
Newcastle have long been a club in need for a surgery, but the board has tended to those parts which functioned just fine, rather than fixing the real problems.
What's worse for the supporters is that they now see their arch rivals directly shatter their Premier League hopes and celebrate while they revel in disappointment.
One thing is for sure, Newcastle United have major decisions going into the next season and would hope to do better than their most recent failure.
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