Antolin Alcaraz headed a late goal to clinch the victory which seals the Latics’ top flight status, while ending Blackburn’s 11-year stay in the Premiership.
Rovers, who won the Premier League in 1995, have struggled as a club ever since the arrival of Indian owners the Venky’s, who sacked Sam Allardyce in December 2010, replacing him with Steve Kean who has been under intense pressure this term.
The fan displeasure of the situation was in evidence on Monday at Ewood Park, as the fans chanted “Kean out” and “We want the Venky’s out, we want the Venky’s out” throughout the contest.
However, Kean remains convinced he’s the right man for the job and has vowed to get Rovers back up.
“I’m a big believer in my own ability and the guys that I’ve got in the dressing room,” Kean said. “Each one is devastated but I can’t fault the commitment. If we can keep them and add quality I’m convinced we can move forward again.
“I believe in them because I work with them every day. We’ve got the youngest team in the league and some of them are making their way in the Premier League. It’s a massive set-back but they’ve got good careers ahead of them.”
He added: “I will sit down with the owners and we’ll discuss a plan on how to assemble a squad to bounce back straight away.
“We’ve lost a lot of experience over the last six months and we’ve got to try to keep the squad together.
“If we can do that and if we can add experienced players to the squad we can bounce back.”
Rovers are expected to lose star duo Junior Hoilett and Yakubu Aiyegbeni to Premiership clubs this off-season following their relegation.