"We're aware of how ominous it is," Flood said. After what turned out to be a relatively dismal relegation for Norwich, it seemed as though there would be a positive outflux from Carrow Road. "Togetherness is a massive strength of what we've got here," defender Hanley said in March as Newcastle closed in on promotion. "The issue we've got is, maths is not on our side. We have clubs that are clear league leaders and those who have said they would benefit from relegation to play more meaningful rugby.". Gayle and his team-mates have backed up those words with action. Newcastle United's return to the Premier League at the first time of asking - sealed by Monday's 4-1 victory over Preston - marks a successful first full season for manager Rafael Benitez. Fulham are headed back to the Premier League after claiming west London derby delight at the expense of local rivals Brentford in Tuesday’s Championship promotion playoff final at Wembley Stadium. Although there are some survivors from the team that were relegated, Benitez had little hesitation in moving on big name players on arriving in the Championship. Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards described any potential legal action as "distasteful". "The company acknowledges that this is a difficult time for all employees across the country, but the support provided by the government is welcomed and I am sure it will provide some reassurance to you during this difficult time.". Analysis and opinion from our chief football writer. "The is to ensure that we are in a strong position to move forwards when rugby resumes," the statement added. Forest lost right-back Matty Cash for £14m to Aston Villa, but Chris Hughton has been given plenty to work with, including loan signings Luke Freeman and Cyrus Christie, Nicholas Iannou from APOEL in Cyprus, and Loic Mbe Soh from Paris Saint-Germain. Sign Up Offers: £100 Get Up To £100 in Bet Credits! 13 July 2009: Newcastle's planned pre-season match on 26 July against Utrecht was cancelled, following concerns raised by the Mayor of Amsterdam regarding both Newcastle and Sunderland visiting the Netherlands at the same time Falcons were relegated to the Championship last season, the first time they had dropped out of the top tier since 2011-12. On trying to keep fit while unable to train as a squad, he added: "It's hard because we don't know when we're going to be back in to rugby again.". "It's not just the goals," Benitez said after Gayle netted twice in a 2-0 win against Leeds in November. Get latest scores and headlines sent straight to your phone, sign-up to our newsletter and learn where to find us on online. Clark and PFA Team of the Year member Jamaal Lascelles have combined to give Newcastle a steel to complement the silky attacking play of Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey and Gayle. So if Dan is sold in the future, Newcastle will receive half of the transfer fee. "He's bought well. Championship Golden Boot runner-up (25 goals) Ollie Watkins had the final scoring chance of regular time in the 70th minute as he fired from the edge of Fulham’s penalty area, but Marek Rodak was able to comfortably palm the ball over the crossbar. Up to £100 in Bet Credits. pic.twitter.com/WsLwpPs0qh, — NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) August 4, 2020. Yorkshire's relegation has also been confirmed after the season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nonetheless, only a yellow card for the on-loan Southampton youngster. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. "With 80% of the season complete for the community game, we believe our approach is fair and the right one for our leagues. The Magpies were unable to avoid the drop into the second tier last term. He can, however, leave on a free next summer. Brentford, who lost in the Championship playoff last season, is also in the running. Another new manager through the door at Birmingham City, and Aitor Karanka has made sweeping changes to his playing staff. They will seek help from the government's furloughed worker scheme, but the plan will also include salary reductions. Karanka also brought in experienced defender George Friend on a free, Jon Toral returned, Jonathan Leko was signed from West Brom and Neil Etheridge came to try and solve their problem in goal. The decisive moment finally arrived in the 105th minute, and it came from absolutely nothing — less than nothing, one might credibly argue. Meanwhile, the women's Premier 15s season has been declared null and void after 12 of the 18 rounds were played. Incomings have been minimal at the Vitality Stadium, but the way they have started the season - with 10 points from four games - suggests what they have at their disposal will be more than enough to challenge for promotion in the Championship. "Ciaran Clark's been the best defender we've had all season," said ex-Newcastle defender and BBC Newcastle summariser John Anderson. Reed came over top of the ball in a 50-50 challenge and, despite first making contact with the ball, came in with borderline excessive force and in a reckless fashion. Brentford and Fulham will have to go again in … "He is a great manager and has great experience," Gayle told BBC Newcastle on arriving at St James' Park from Crystal Palace. The RFU announced on Thursday, however, that promotion and relegation, as well as the final league positions, for England's second tier, Tyrrells Premier 15s, and the men’s and women’s community game, will be finalised by 6pm, Friday April 3 after the plan was ratified at an RFU Council meeting on Wednesday. Sabri Lamouchi was given the opportunity to bring in a whole heap of new signings, before being shown the door after four defeats on the spin at the start of the season. The final tables will be available for viewing on the RFU website once finalised. Half of their backline in Jamal Lewis and Ben Godfrey departed, to Newcastle and Everton respectively, but a move to Barcelona never prevailed for right-back Max Aarons, while wide men Emi Buendia and Todd Cantwell also remain, as does striker Teemu Pukki. Get latest scores and headlines sent straight to your phone, sign-up to our newsletter and learn where to find us on online. Last updated on 26 March 202026 March 2020.From the section Rugby Union. It was a genuine concern at one point that all three members of their remarkable 'BMW' would depart this summer. "The seriousness of it is, from what we understand, Saracens are relegated no matter what. Will Van Dijk injury end title race like Laporte's did? "There's a great history at Newcastle. [ MORE: Man United, Dortmund in talks over $140 million Sancho transfer ].