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Leicester pick up home win but slip into the Championship
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James Maddison was unable to prevent Leicester's relegation to the Championship
James Maddison was unable to prevent Leicester's relegation to the Championship

Leicester have been relegated to the Championship, ending their nine-year stay in the Premier League.

They defeated West Ham 2-1 on the final day but Everton's narrow win condemned the former Premier League winners to the second tier.

Interim boss Dean Smith explained his disappointment with the relegation, saying: "It's a massive disappointment for everybody. I can only look at my eight games — I thought it was going to be tough. 

"The confidence was low. I felt we'd need 11 points to stay up and we got nine. In that regard, we failed. I think we got our belief back, but we left a couple of points out there."

The Foxes began the season with six defeats from their opening seven games, and despite four wins from five before the World Cup break, were unable to keep themselves away from danger.

A run of eight losses in nine outings between February and April cost former boss Brendan Rodgers his job, with Smith failing to help the East Midlanders beat the drop.

Leicester's time in the English top flight will undoubtedly be remembered for their miraculous Premier League victory in 2015-16 and further success followed when winning the FA Cup in 2020-21.

Speaking after their fall, veteran defender Jonny Evans admitted there were likely to be wholesale changes over the summer.

The 35-year-old said: "It is a tough thing to take. 

"There was silence for a long time in the dressing room afterwards. We know there are a lot of players out of contract. 

"There are going to be a lot of changes in the football club. 

"It was an opportunity for everybody to say goodbye really. A lot of us don't know where we are going to end up. 

"I said to the boys it has been an amazing five years but the club now have decisions to make. 

"I don't think they probably know what they are going to do."


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