Going in to the final game of the season the title-race all seemed to come down to Newcastle, as they would face current leaders Manchester United (residing on 82 points,) as Manchester City (81 points) faced Arsenal. The Toon did their part, successfully securing a 1-0 win, but City failed to capitalize and lost at the Emirates, meaning Manchester United secured the trophy regardless.
Newcastle went in to the game only a point ahead of 10th placed Watford, who failed to win, meaning Newcastle finished the season in 9th, their highest league finish since their remarkable 5th place finish in the 2011/12 season under Alan Pardew.
Fans and pundits have commended Kevin Nolan's performance this season as Newcastle manager. Despite failing to obtain any awards, it is generally accepted that he over-performed, as a top-half finish was not initially expected for the club.
Final League Standings