Five things we learnt from the Premier League relegation battle

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This week it was confirmed that Newcastle United and Norwich City would be joining Aston Villa in the Championship next season.

The duo were relegated on Wednesday evening after Sunderland beat Everton 3-0 at the Stadium of Light to ensure their Premier League status for yet another season.

With Villa long-gone, the relegation battle was left with three teams fighting for one survival spot, but it was Sam Allardyce's men that kept their necks above the water following a convincing win over the Toffees.


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So what have we learnt from the Premier League relegation scrap? 

Here are five things we can take from the battle between Newcastle, Norwich and Sunderland.

Spending money doesn’t mean anything

The relegated sides spent a whopping £161 million combined this season on transfers.

Newcastle splashed the cash the most out of the three with an overall spend of £75m, whilst Norwich and Aston Villa spent £34m and £52m respectively.

Sunderland always stay up

Well, they do don’t they?

In December, everyone had already written them off along with Aston Villa, but 15 Jermaine Defoe goals later, they have survived again.

Credit has to be given to Sam Allardyce for masterminding their survival, and his incredible stat of avoiding relegation at every team he's managed remains, for now.

You can’t trust another team to do your dirty work

You would imagine that a lot of Norwich and Newcastle fans are avoiding their Everton mates at the moment.

Going into a relegation battle, it is vital to have your own fate in your own hands and that is exactly what Sunderland had. Plus, after the season they're having, you don't really want Everton to have your future in their hands.

Atmosphere makes a difference

When it comes around to a relegation battle, many clubs believe that these clappers will make a difference to the atmosphere. They do.

Despite it being up there with one of the most annoying noises in football, along with vuvuzelas and the little yelp Paul Merson does on Soccer Saturday when a team scores in his match, it seems to get the best out of the players.

The atmosphere at Leicester City last year kept them in the Premier League, and the atmosphere at Sunderland has done to same for the Black Cats.

Maybe all clubs need clappers?

It hurts the most when it’s somebody close

You have to feel sorry for Newcastle fans. Not only did Sunderland relegate them to the Championship, but their other local rivals, Middlesbrough, have just secured their promotion as well.

Newcastle will be at the bottom of the pile next year while Sunderland and Middlesbrough scrap it out with the big boys.

Who will be back in the Premier League first? Aston Villa, Newcastle United or Norwich City? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!

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