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Mike Jackson admits relegation will haunt him as Burnley end six-year PL stint

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Mike Jackson was left ‘gutted’ after Burnley suffered relegation with defeat to Newcastle but was full of praise for his side’s effort.

The Clarets will ply their trade in the Championship next season after finishing 18th in the table. They began the day out of the bottom three but went down 2-1 at home to the Magpies. And, with Leeds winning 2-1 at Brentford, it was the Whites who avoided the drop on the final day.

Callum Wilson gave Eddie Howe’s side the lead on 20 minutes from the penalty spot after Nathan Collins handled in the area. And the England striker then added a second on the hour mark following superb work from Allan Saint-Maximin.

Maxwel Cornet gave the hosts some hope with a 69th-minute strike but it was not enough.

Burnley’s six-year top-flight stay is now over and interim chief Jackson admitted it was not easy to take. However, he was happy with the work rate his charges put in to try and get the job done.

“It’s raw, we’ve got a group of players who are gutted. I don’t think there is any other word to say about that,” he told BBC Sport.

“The effort they’ve put in since we came in has been brilliant. Today we’ve come out on the wrong side of chasing the game. We had some really good chances but couldn’t take them.

“There wasn’t much in the game but we gave the penalty away and they could sit in a bit more. You end up chasing it and don’t get the rhythm.

“There is a lot of emotion in it. I’m gutted for everyone involved but proud as well as I couldn’t have asked any more from them.”

Jackson thanks fans for loyal support

Jackson was handed the reins with eight games to go after the board opted to part company with Sean Dyche. Ten points from four games gave the Turf Moor outfit hope of staying in England’s top division.

But three defeats and a draw in their final four outings was the nail in the proverbial coffin. The supporters continued to cheer their heroes right until the death and Jackson confessed his sadness for the Burnley faithful.

“They stuck with us even at the end. It’s their club,” he added. “We’re gutted we couldn’t give them what they wanted. I hope they saw a group that was fighting for them.”

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And, asked about his position at the club, the 48-year-old gave little away.

“I’ve not thought about my future,” he said. “I’m too gutted about what’s just happened and that’s going to take a long time to get over.”

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