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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday, 12 May 2016
  2. Norwich City's relegation from the Premier League is confirmed
  3. Canaries relegated despite 4-2 victory over Watford
  4. Sunderland's 3-0 victory over Everton seals Norwich's fate
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday

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By Mariam Issimdar

All times stated are UK

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Our Norwich City coverage across the day

It's been a sad day for Norwich City fans, and while "enjoyed" might not be quite the word, we hope you've found our coverage today interesting.

Norfolk Live is closing down for the day now but the Canaries chat continues on The Scrimmage, just starting on BBC Radio Norfolk.

Presenters Chris Goreham and Rob Butler will be joined by former City striker Grant Holt and will have an interview with manager Alex Neil.

Normal service resumes from 08:00 tomorrow. 

Some good news for Canaries fans

BBC Look East

It might be hard for Norwich City fans to find positives today, but we'll leave you with one.

“Ironically Norwich are going to be one of the richest clubs in the Championship,” said Rob Wilson, football finance expert at Sheffield Hallam University.

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"They’ve been in receipt of about £80m this year, so they would have some money left over, you would think, plus a parachute payment of £20m makes them much bigger in revenue terms than most other clubs in the Championship.

"It’s now a case of how sensible they can be, and what sort of business decisions they can make, to ensure that whatever they do go down with they invest very wisely and make sure they have the best opportunity of being promoted at the first attempt."

Canaries' relegation captured on camera

Here are some photos from Carrow Road on the night that Norwich City's relegation was sealed.

Fans
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Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones
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Norwich City players
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Canaries must cut wage bill, warns expert

Being relegated to the Championship could cost Norwich City £45m, without taking into consideration lost revenue that would have come their way had they stayed in the Premier League

Rob Wilson (pictured), a football finance expert from Sheffield Hallam University: “The cost of relegation is essentially all the money they are going to be spending on their players’ wages.

Finance expert
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"Hopefully they’ve got some relegation clauses built in to soften the blow.

“If they are relegated they cannot afford to spend £30,000 to 50,000 a week [on each player]; they have got to reduce that by about 70%."

Spirit unbroken

Norwich Evening News

The Norwich Evening News also looks for the positives on its front page:

Front page paper
Norwich Evening News

We'll be back

Eastern Daily Press

The Eastern Daily Press takes an optimistic view of the Canaries' relegation:

Paper front page
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Martinez: No longer Everton's manager

Norwich City's next opponents Everton have announced that Roberto Martinez has left his position as team manager. 

Roberto Martinez
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Everton are due to play Norwich in their final game of the season on Sunday.

In a statement the chairman and the board of directors said it thanked Martinez for his "dedication and commitment" shown during his three seasons with the club.

A cocktail for relegation

Dieumerci Mbokani and Nathan Redmond - who both found the net last night against Watford -are Norwich City's top goalscorers this season, with seven and six goals respectively.

Norwich have only scored 39 goals in 37 games and have conceded 64 goals.

Not scoring enough + letting in a sackful of goals = the perfect cocktail for relegation.

Dieumerci Mbokani
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The highs and lows of Sebastien Bassong

In 11 seasons, Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong has experienced six relegations and two promotions.

Sebastien Bassong
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Sebastien Bassong
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Where did the season go wrong for the Canaries?

The Canaries bombed in their first game back in the Premier League last August, losing 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace.

Their fortunes appeared to pick up in September, with decent wins against West Brom and Bournemouth, but in October they lost four of their five games and suffered a 6-2 drubbing by Newcastle at St James Park.

Norwich City fan at Norwich v Liverpool
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Fans who travelled to White Hart Lane on Boxing Day probably wished they’d stayed at home with the turkey sandwiches as on-form Spurs thrashed City 3-0. The hope of points continued to slip away, with City losing four out of five games in January and three out of four in February.

The temporary relief of a dramatic 3-2 home win against Newcastle in April may have healed some wounds from earlier in the season, but a fortnight later Norwich lost 3-0 at home to Sunderland, promoted last night at City's expense.

It’s been a testing, miserable season for even the most devoted Canaries fans.

Football finance expert: 'If you're going to get relegated, do it for one season'

So how costly could relegation be for Norwich City?

Rob Wilson, football finance expert at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “The Premier League TV deal next season is so, so huge at £100m to £120m that any team being relegated next year is going to be much, much richer.

"If you’re going to get relegated this year make sure you do it for one season - if not, things are going to get really, really tough.

“If Norwich stay down for two, three, four seasons they are going to find it nigh-on impossible to get promoted.”

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Norwich City: What a difference a year makes

On 25 May last year, 85,000 fans saw Norwich City secure a return to the Premier League after just one season in the Championship.

Goals from Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond secured victory over Middlesbrough in the play-off final at Wembley, promoting Norwich with Bournemouth and Watford, who are both staying up.

Ironically, when Norwich were defeated 1-0 by Manchester United on Saturday, Middlesbrough were celebrating their return to the Premier League.

Norwich City celebrate their victory in the play-off final at Wembley in May 2015
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Cabinet minister commiserates with MP over Canaries relegation

Nic Rigby

BBC News

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has commiserated with Norwich North Tory MP Chloe Smith (pictured) over the relegation of Norwich City last night.

Chloe Smith MP
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He made the comment after Ms Smith asked him whether more jobs could be brought to the city's broadcasting industry.

Mr Whittingdale, addressing the issue of employment in Norfolk, said the jobs could arise through increased competition in the industry.

Opinion: 'Board must move quickly'

Richard Balls

Norwich City fan and pundit

After the manager, the chief executive is the most important person at any football club and it is critical the club makes the right appointment.

David McNally
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We need someone with proven experience at this level; who is ambitious and won't be afraid to take tough decisions, something David McNally (pictured) didn't shy away from.

And the board will need to move not just shrewdly, but quickly.

Catch-up: Norwich City relegated from the Premier League... Manager Alex Neil blames himself for team's slide

If you're just catching up, here's a recap of the story we're talking about today:

  • Norwich City have been relegated from the Premier League
  • Manager Alex Neil says he blames himself for the team's slide back into the Championship
  • But fans have given their overwhelming backing to the manager as City look for a swift return to top flight

Neil: 'I asked my wife to keep the kids away'

Neil: 'We won't be selling players on the cheap'

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Norwich City boss Alex Neil has said: "We won't be selling players on the cheap. We are in a strong position even though we're dropping down a division."

Alex Neil: 'Happy with support'

Alex Neil: 'I've not suggested I'm leaving the club'

More from the Norwich City press conference:

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Norwich City board 'proud and humbled'

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham is at Colney where the board issued this statement on the relegation.

It says it is "immensely proud and humbled as well by the passionate support our manager, Alex Neil, his staff and players received from the fans".

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City will be better off than Championship rivals

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

Norwich, along with Aston Villa and Newcastle, will be far better off than their Championship rivals thanks to £65m in parachute payments to cushion the blow of relegation.

Wes Hoolahan after Norwich win play-offs against Ipswich
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That's why financially they are in a different league to their fierce rivals Ipswich, with whom they resume hostilities next season.

It will be fascinating to see how the Canaries respond to this huge setback. They've done it before but can they bounce back again at the first time of asking?

Norwich 4-2 Watford: I've let the club and fans down - Alex Neil
Norwich City boss Alex Neil says he has "let the supporters and the club down" after the Canaries were relegated from the Premier League despite a 4-2 win over Watford.

Opinion: 'We could do worse than keep faith in Alex Neil'

Richard Balls

Norwich City fan and pundit

Alex Neil must shoulder some of the responsibility for relegation.

His inexperience has, at times, been laid bare and he never really worked out his best team.

Alex Neil
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But I think we could do worse than keep faith with him in a division he got us out of at the first time of asking.

He is a young manager who will have learned some important lessons from this campaign and Norwich seem to have done well in the past when we've had a manager and players who are on the way up, not down, in football. I say "stick".

Impact of relegation on Norwich visitor numbers not 'dire'

Relegation to the Championship shouldn't damage the visitor economy too much, according to the head of Norwich's tourist board. 

Norwich Castle
Visit Norwich

Football finance experts are warning the club should try to get back in the Premier League as soon as possible to claw back the millions they will lose out on. 

But Nick Bond, from Visit Norwich, says tourist cash will still come to the city.

"I really don't think it's as dire as all that. It doesn't take away from our world class shopping... our fantastic culture, our extraordinary heritage. It's not as if we've been in the Championship in perpetuity."

Opinion: What went wrong at Norwich City this season?

Richard Balls

Norwich City fan and pundit

We embarked on a Premier League campaign with a Championship defence, which - given the absence of a clinical finisher at the other end - was left with almost no margin for error.

Steven Naismith
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By the time we splashed out in January on the likes of Steven Naismith (pictured), a player not overly keen to come here anyway, it already felt like an uphill battle. And when a goal shortage turned into a famine, our fate was a formality.

In the end, we were well short of what was required at this level and that it has happened twice in three years suggests lessons have not been heeded.

Opinion: 'Vacuum at top of club bad for Canaries'

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

If the money side of relegation is bad for Norwich City, so too is the vacuum left by the departure of chief executive David McNally.

David McNally
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City need to move fast to replace him or risk being left behind their rivals in the crucial spring transfer dealings.

McNally hired manager Alex Neil and it's not certain whether he will be leading the team out in the Championship next season.

Ahead of the Watford match, Neil said he would assess his own position at the end of the season. Chairman Ed Balls has given Neil the dreaded vote of confidence by saying the board are 100% behind him.

Opinion: 'Relegated from one of the lamest Premier Leagues in years'

Richard Balls

Norwich City fan and pundit

As expected before kick-off, our second relegation in three years has been confirmed, and this time from one of the lamest Premier Leagues for many years.

Watford playing Bournemouth in February 2016
AP

The board vowed amid the euphoria of Wembley to do everything to ensure we stayed up this time.

However, the outcome has been just the same and this will go down as a real missed opportunity, especially with the additional TV money from next season. Watford and Bournemouth (pictured), after all, have stayed up with room to spare.

Keep 'em coming...your views on Twitter

Love for Alex Neil: 

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Young loyalty from this fan: 

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Newcastle 'devastated' by relegation

BBC Sport

Newcastle promise a full inquest, Alex Neil feels he has let Norwich down, while Sunderland are already looking ahead to next season.

Rafa feeling the anguish here. 

Rafa Benitez
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Rob Butler: Why Alex Neil needs to stay on

Rob Butler

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

BBC Radio Norfolk Scrimmage presenter and NCFC fan Rob Butler says Alex Neil should remain in post: 

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The Scrimmage is back on tonight at 18:00 with Rob, Chris and special guest Grant Holt. 

Relegation 'even more painful and costly this time'

Jonathan Park

BBC Look East sport

So a season after romping to victory in the Championship play-off final at Wembley, Norwich return to the division they know so well.

Norwich City winning play-off finals in2015
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It's become something of a habit for them. Go up, come down, try again. This time, though, it's even more painful and costly. The new TV deal that kicks in next season is worth £5bn and the Canaries have just blown their share in the bonanza.

Even if they had lost every single game next season they would have still earned nearly £100m. Instead they will lose around £45m next season following this untimely relegation.     

Newcastle fans: Not happy either

Sharing the relegation pain on Twitter. Two disappointed Newcastle fans:  

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Facebook: Some less supportive comments on City's relegation

BBC Look East

It seems not everyone is distraught at Norwich City's relegation. Here are some slightly less supportive views from commenters to BBC Look East's Facebook page - but we're sure City can take a bit of ribbing!

Jamie Collings: "I would like to offer a few words of support and encouragement to all Norwich fans............. But I'll have to stop laughing first."

Robert Hammond: "All decent players sold, 2 years to rebuild squad, get promoted, spend 1 year in Premiership, get relegated. Repeat!"

Paul Miller: "Pack up, give up, turn the football ground into another supermarket?"  

Alex Neil: Poll shows 95% in favour of manager staying on

BBC Radio Norfolk

Norwich City manager Alex Neil says he feels he's sold the fans short after the club's relegation was confirmed.

But a BBC Radio Norfolk text poll this morning saw 95% of people urging the Scotsman to stay on at Carrow Road. More than 800 texts were received. 

Norwich City manager, Alex Neil
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League table makes unhappy reading

The Premier League table makes unhappy reading for Norwich City fans this morning.

Sunderland's 3-0 win over Everton meant City's 4-2 victory over Watford was in vain, and the Canaries and Newcastle will join Aston Villa in the Championship next season.

League table
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Fans show support for Alex Neil on Twitter

Here are a few of the tweets that Canary Call and The Scrimmage presenter Rob Butler has been receiving about Norwich City's relegation and Alex Neil's future as manager.

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Text poll: More messages about Alex Neil

BBC Radio Norfolk

Here are some more of the text messages received in response to a BBC Radio Norfolk poll asking whether Norwich City's manager should stay in the post or resign. 

"Alex Neil must go, too many mistakes and wrong tactics and team choices!!"

"Definitely stay, optimistic about relegation, you could see last night the emotion is going to be one that stays with him and will strive to avoid, you have to experience defeat to fully appreciate success."

"He should stay, He's the right man to bring us back up." 

"Stay.... Alex Neil will be the right man to lead us back to the Premier League."

Text poll: 'Stay, Stay, Stay!' is the message to City boss Alex Neil

BBC Radio Norfolk

BBC Radio Norfolk's text poll on whether Canaries boss Alex Neil should stay on as manager has so far garnered more than 400 texts urging him to remain in post.

Only 15 people texted saying should leave. Here are a few of the messages: 

"STAY STAY STAY STAY STAY STAY STAY STAY STAY STAY STAY STAY STAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!"  

"Stay. Sean Dyche has achieved a return to the premiership after relegation. Keep the faith."  

"Norwîch need to stay unless Sam Allardyce wants the job."