Relegated Burnley face uncertain future

Ian ParkerPress Association
Burnley's James Tarkowski reflects after the club's relegation from England's Premier League.
Camera IconBurnley's James Tarkowski reflects after the club's relegation from England's Premier League. Credit: AP

Burnley have been relegated from the Premier League after a late fightback was not enough to avoid a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle and their former boss Eddie Howe.

The Clarets had looked down and out after Callum Wilson punished an inexplicable Nathan Collins handball from the penalty spot. Newcastle's top-scorer was then allowed an easy second on the hour mark.

Maxwel Cornet powered home a Burnley reply in the 69th minute and, when word came through of a Brentford equaliser against Leeds moments later, Burnley responded with their best spell of the game, pegging back Newcastle and forcing corner after corner.

But Cornet headed their best chance straight at Martin Dubravka three minutes from time and Burnley, who celebrated their 140th anniversary a few days ago, had their six-year stay in the Premier League come to an end.

It was a cruel finish for the Clarets, who had made themselves favourites to avoid the drop, with a battling draw at Aston Villa on Thursday night the latest point picked up under Mike Jackson.

He had taken 11 points from eight games since replacing the sacked long-serving Sean Dyche last month.

But, when it got to the decisive day the pressure seemed to get to Burnley, who were too panicked in their play for long periods, unable to get a grip on the game they needed a result from most.

While Newcastle fans look ahead to what should be a fascinating summer of investment under their new owners, Burnley face a host of potential problems in the second tier.

Club accounts show they must now repay a "substantial" portion of a PS65million loan taken out as part of Alan Pace's leveraged takeover in late 2020.

In addition centre-halves Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, and strikers Ashley Barnes and Matej Vydra are on a list of nine first-team players out of contract this summer.

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