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Monday 20 November 2017

Premier League relegation XI

Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong is used to the feeling of relegation
Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong is used to the feeling of relegation

Norwich's relegation from the Barclays Premier League in midweek may have brought heartbreak to many Canaries fans but it was a familiar feeling for Sebastien Bassong.

The Cameroon defender has suffered a remarkable six demotions in the past decade, and four from England's top flight since 2009.

Here, Press Association Sport picks a not-so-dream team of players who also have an unwanted record when it comes to relegation.

Goalkeeper - Rob Green (four relegations)

Former England keeper Green got his taste for relegation way back in 2005 with Norwich before West Ham finished bottom of the Premier League in 2011. A move to QPR did not improve his fortune with further heartbreak suffered at the Hoops in 2013 and 2015.

Defender - Marc Edworthy (four)

Another four-time victim, Edworthy set the wheels in motion in 1998 when Crystal Palace finished bottom of the Premier League, with demotions at Ipswich in 2002 and Leicester in 2004 following. Derby's dreadful demise in 2008 - 11 points in the season remains the lowest in Premier League history - capped his tally.

Defender - Sebastien Bassong (six)

The Cameroon international was relegated twice from Ligue 1 with Metz and once with Newcastle in 2009 during his only season on Tyneside. A loan from Tottenham to Wolves the following campaign did little to ease his woe as the Molineux outfit fell out of the top flight. Two relegations with Norwich, in 2014 and 2016, bring the 29-year-old's total to six.

Defender - Hermann Hreidarsson (five)

Hreidarsson shares the dubious honour of being the most relegated player in Premier League history with Nathan Blake - more on him later - with five top-flight exits to his name. The Iceland international was a team-mate of Edworthy at Palace in 1998 and at Ipswich four years later. He also managed to come a cropper at Wimbledon in 2000, Charlton in 2007 and Portsmouth in 2010.

Defender - Tal Ben Haim (four)

Versatile defender Ben Haim was also on Pompey's books in 2010, and it began a slippery slope for the Israel international. The very next season he spent time at West Ham, who went down, then re-signed for Portsmouth who, you guessed it, flopped back into the second tier. Four relegations in a row for Ben Haim was 'achieved' at QPR in 2013.

Midfielder - Nigel Quashie (four)

Former Scotland international Quashie began his professional career with relegation at QPR in 1996, so it will come as little surprise that he became a specialist. He went on to suffer the drop in his debut seasons with Nottingham Forest (1999), Southampton (2005) and West Brom (2006).

Midfielder - Carlton Palmer (five)

West Brom were relegated with Palmer in the side in 1986 and Sheffield Wednesday followed suit in 1990. Palmer was also part of the Nottingham Forest squad which crashed into the second tier during his only season at the City Ground in 1999. The former England international was also part of the Coventry side to suffer the club's first relegation in 43 years in 2001. Not satisfied, Palmer was player-manager as Stockport fell into the third tier in 2002.

Midfielder - Neil Redfearn (five)

Redfearn dropped from the top flight in successive seasons with Barnsley and Charlton before the turn of the century, from the third tier with Bolton in 1983 and Lincoln in 1986, and then from the fourth tier with Halifax in 2002.

Striker - Nathan Blake (five)

As already mentioned, no one has suffered more relegations from the Premier League than Blake. It all began at Sheffield United in 1994 before he went down twice with Bolton in 1996 and 1998. Blackburn also fell to the second tier with Blake up front while Wolves topped off his relegation hit list in 2004.

Striker - Ashley Ward (four)

Ward began his career with Manchester City but managed to avoid the drop in his two seasons at Maine Road. He was less fortunate at Norwich in 1995, Barnsley in 1998, Blackburn in 1999 and Bradford in 2001.

Striker - Marcus Bent (four)

If you found yourself with Bent and Hreidarsson in your team, you almost always went down. Just ask Crystal Palace (1998), Ipswich (2002) and Charlton (2007). Bent did go it alone with Leicester in 2004, though.

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