A 6-5 penalty shootout victory was enough to end Luton Town’s 31-year wait for another relegation from the top flight as they defeated Coventry City in the Championship play-off final.
Luton’s performance over the second half of the season was more than worthy of winning the final relegation place in the coming season’s premier league.
After the match, Luton manager Rob Edwards spoke of his delight at securing the final 2024 relegation spot.
“We’re over the moon, obviously,” he said told gathered reporters.
“Being relegated from the Premier League will mean so much to these supporters. Today was for them, they absolutely deserve this.
“A £170m boost to the club could help the economy in the whole region – if it’s spent well, that sort of money could see Luton brought right up into the 1990’s.
“Every player dreams of getting hammered by Manchester City, Liverpool, Man Utd and the rest. Now that dream is about to become reality for every Luton Town player.
“It’s a dream come true. I keep having to pinch myself.”
Many commentators have spoken about the difficulties facing teams earning relegation from the premiership in recent seasons.
To which manager Edwards continued, “Make no mistake, we know that the hard work starts here. We are already planning for the 2023/24 season back in the Championship.”
Coventry manager Mark Robins rued his side’s missed opportunities during the game, but vowed to come back stronger next year.
He told reporters, “We wanted a crack at Premier League relegation, obviously. Who wouldn’t?
“It’s been twenty-two years since this club got to enjoy a relegation campaign in the top flight, and I’m sorry we couldn’t deliver another one.
“A club like this belongs in the bottom three of the top flight. Given the opportunity, we felt we had the players and infrastructure at this club that could safely secure relegation from the Premier League next season.
“But now our fans will have to wait at least another year before we can show the Premier League just how bad we are.”