Blackburn Rovers are the first Premier League winners to drop into the third tier of English football.
A 3-1 win away to Brentford wasn’t enough to save Rovers from the drop, with Nottingham Forest’s 3-0 win against Ipswich Town keeping them up on goal difference.
The sad truth is that relegation has been coming since Rovers dropped out of the Premier League in 2012.
Eighth and ninth place finishes in 2014 and 2015 gave false hope that Rovers were going somewhere, despite the Venky’s disastrous reign as owners.
So what went wrong to finally push them over the edge this season?
1 Centre-back merry-go-round
Blackburn were powerless to resist Newcastle’s advances when Rafa Benitez came calling for first choice centre-back Grant Hanley, who moved to St James’ Park on 21 July.
The same was true when Brighton signed Shane Duffy, nine days after the Republic of Ireland defender scored two own goals before getting sent off against Cardiff.
Blackburn tried to replace the duo on the cheap, signing Gordon Greer, 36, and Wes Brown, 37, on free transfers, as well as bringing Charlie Mulgrew in on a free from Celtic.
While possessing plenty of experience, the duo of Greer and Mulgrew simply haven’t been good enough, conceding 65 goals across the season.
2 Last minute heartbreak
Owen Coyle’s side started the season off with three consecutive losses, against Norwich, Wigan and Cardiff.
August ended with four points dropped to late goals, the first of which came when Tom Naylor scored an 88th minute equaliser for Burton Albion at Ewood Park.
The following week former Rovers midfielder Tom Cairney handed Fulham all three points when he popped up with a goal in the 94th minute.
Those four points would have lifted Rovers up to 18th place in the Championship.
3 December doom
Blackburn headed into December with reason for festive cheer, sparked by wins against Brentford and Newcastle which took them out of the bottom three.
But Rovers took just two points from six December fixtures, including a 92nd minute sickener against Reading and 2-0 defeat at the hands of Barnsley on Boxing Day.
Rovers entered January sitting 22nd in the Championship, a position they would only eclipse three times in the remainder of the season.
4 Too little, too late
Tony Mowbray replaced Owen Coyle on the 22 February, with Rovers just one place off the bottom of the Championship.
Rovers only lost three times in Mowbray’s 15 games in charge, winning five and picking up seven draws.
But the damage had already been done. You have to question what would have happened if Mowbray had been handed the reigns earlier on in the season?
5 The Venky’s
There should be no doubt as to whom the blame lies with when looking at what went wrong with Rovers this season.
Since taking over the club in November 2010 Venky’s have overseen two relegations, run up huge debts and reportedly sold players without the knowledge of staff.
All of this has taken place in the shadows, without any communication with the fans, who are the real losers in this situation.