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Norwich's relegation back to the Championship confirmed with West Ham defeat

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Max Aarons of Norwich City reacts at full time upon his team's relegation following the Premier League match between Norwich City and West Ham United at Carrow Road on July 11, 2020 in Norwich, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to

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ByEnis Koylu
11/07/2020 at 13:22 | Updated 11/07/2020 at 14:30

A 4-0 home loss to West Ham on Saturday was enough to make Norwich the first team to be relegated from the Premier League this season.

Despite some bright moments earlier this term, Daniel Farke's side have been involved in a relegation scrap throughout the campaign, and their demotion has now been confirmed with three games to spare.

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The Canaries have the worst goal difference (-41), the fewest wins (five) and most defeats (24) in the English top flight.

Farke's players have suffered with numerous injuries throughout the season, particularly at the back.

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They will now face a battle to keep hold of some of their brighter talents, such as forward Teemu Pukki, Todd Cantwell, Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis.

“We are unbelievably disappointed,” said manager Farke.

“When I came here we needed to develop young players and sell them to keep the club going. We were able to do this. Then the second season no-one expected anything but we were able to stage a miracle that no-one expected.

"We won the Championship title with a special brand of football. We were not able to add a third miracle in a row against all odds.

“Our situation as a club is quite comfortable because we don’t have any financial pressure at all and our young players are under long-term contracts. We can invest a bit more into the squad.

"Hopefully in the medium or long-term future we are an established Premier League club and we will need all our key players to do that."

Alexander Tettey, who has been at Carrow Road since 2012, spoke of his bitter disappointment after being relegated with the club for the third time in his career.

“It’s very hard for me to talk. That was a tough game for us. We came out trying to be positive but when we don’t do what we have to do on the pitch we are punished.

"We’ve been in games sometimes but we don’t have the mentality or character to get those wins. It’s been a tough journey, it’s a young group but they will now have that experience."

This is the second time in four years that they have been relegated in their first season back in the top flight. Their longest recent stay in the Premier League was for three seasons between 2011-12 and 2013-14.

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