So I think I can say that our end to the season has been an unmitigated disaster, there have been so few good performances, so many average ones, so many defensive errors and so many poor shows, it is not a surprise that we have picked up only two wins from twelve, a truly terrible record by anyone's standards. Our points total of 68 points puts us on a par with 2005-6 (67) and 2006-7 (68) and it does show that no progress has been made. I won't bore with you my deranged ramblings about where these changes should come, I will save that for a later day, but what has been abundantly obvious in recent weeks is that significant changes in terms of both personnel and thinking are required.
The big talking points from today will not be the football. The absence of our club captain will be hyped up by some and played down by others, but I cannot help but feel that despite being injured, he would have shown more commitment by travelling with the squad to the game at Fulham. Maybe I am on my own with this one, but I feel we would be better off without Cesc if he is not completely committed to the club. The absence of Song was also slightly baffling, Bendtner's failure to make the bench may also be a hint of what is to come.
I would say congratulations to Manu if they were an outstanding side and their squad wasn't riddled with such filthy human specimens, but as things stand they are one of the most mediocre league champions I have seen in my lifetime. Chelsea have gone backwards too, the only team that has made progress is City and it's not hard when you have millions to blow, this is no reference to Imogen Thomas and Ryan Giggs, I would like to make that 100% clear.
Blackpool have been a breath of fresh air in the Premiership all season long. Their work ethic, commitment and team play is quite something, the fact that they have played such lovely football in the process makes things even more remarkable, their manager is also a legend, his unique brand of humour and dignity in defeat have been a credit to both him and his club. I was truly sad to see them relegated today, they put up a typically brave fight at Old Trafford, in the end they just didn't quite have enough in their locker but they played some scintillating football in the process, their second goal was a great example of their lovely passing game. Bravo Blackpool and Ian Holloway, my manager and team of the season.
If you haven't got anything good to say then don't say anything, so when I move on to Birmingham City FC and their relegation, I will leave it there, the championship awaits.