Burnley have become the first team relegated from the Premier League this season, despite a 1-0 win at Hull City on Saturday.
Danny Ings struck the only goal of the game at the KC Stadium, plunging the hosts into the bottom three.
Ings bundled home his 10th goal of the season just after the hour to continue Burnley’s fine form against Hull, however results elsewhere consigned them to the drop.
Victories for Aston Villa and Leicester City coupled with Newcastle United’s draw with West Brom leave Sean Dyche’s side stranded in the drop zone.
Much has been made of the prudent way in which Burnley have operated in the transfer market since sealing automatic promotion back to the top flight last May after finishing as Championship runners-up to Leicester.
A safety-first financial approach to the club’s future meant that Dyche’s side were firm favourites for the drop before a ball had even been kicked in 2014-15 and their season started with a 10-game winless run in the league.
Draws away at Chelsea and Manchester City – coupled with a memorable 1-0 win over the latter at Turf Moor in March – offered fans hope of proving the doubters wrong, but a lack of goals in their run-in cost them.
Before Saturday’s strike, Burnley top-scorer Ings had gone 10 games without scoring although the England Under-21 international could well appear in the top-flight next term with his Turf Moor contract set to expire in June.