Monday 19 March 2018

Teams that were relegated from Premier League one season and promoted the next

Newcastle's relegation from the Barclays Premier League was confirmed on Wednesday
Newcastle's relegation from the Barclays Premier League was confirmed on Wednesday

Sunderland's victory over Everton on Wednesday saw Newcastle and Norwich confirmed as the teams joining Aston Villa in being relegated from the Barclays Premier League this season.

There has been plenty of talk, particularly relating to Newcastle and Villa, about the chances of those going down only spending a single term outside the top flight - and here, Press Association Sport looks at the times over the past decade when clubs have managed to bounce back at the first attempt.

Below are the eight cases there have been in the 10 seasons prior to this one. Additional to that, Burnley have achieved the feat this year by winning the Championship, while Hull still could via the play-offs.

BIRMINGHAM (relegated 2005-06, promoted 2006-07)

After Steve Bruce's Blues finished 18th in the Premier League, he stayed on to guide them to promotion as Championship runners-up the following season - the second time in his reign he had got the club up. Only a few months later, in November 2007, he departed for Wigan and Birmingham, under Alex McLeish, ended that campaign relegated once more, coming second-bottom.

SUNDERLAND (relegated 2005-06, promoted 2006-07)

The Black Cats had an embarrassing 2005-06, finishing rock-bottom of the Premier League on just 15 points. The summer that followed saw Roy Keane appointed as permanent successor to sacked boss Mick McCarthy, and the Wearside outfit went on to claim the Championship title before ending 2007-08 15th.

BIRMINGHAM (relegated 2007-08, promoted 2008-09)

Just like his predecessor Bruce, McLeish remained with Birmingham following relegation from the Premier League and took them straight back there as second-tier runners-up. He then earned great plaudits as his Blues team came ninth in 2009-10.

NEWCASTLE (relegated 2008-09, promoted 2009-10)

A turbulent season that saw the Magpies managed at different times by Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer concluded with them coming 18th in the Premier League, the club bounced back impressively under Chris Hughton, winning the Championship title. A year after that, with Hughton having been replaced by Alan Pardew, they were 12th - Newcastle fans will be hoping something similar can be pulled off this time round.

WEST BROM (relegated 2008-09, promoted 2009-10)

Albion achieved an immediate Premier League return for the second time in their history as they recovered from finishing bottom under Tony Mowbray with a comeback as Championship runners-up under his successor Roberto Di Matteo. The Italian was fired the next season, with Roy Hodgson then getting the Baggies to an 11th-placed finish.

WEST HAM (relegated 2010-11, promoted 2011-12)

Having been Premier League basement boys with Avram Grant in charge, the Hammers were revived by Sam Allardyce, who successfully navigated them through the play-offs back to the top flight and then a creditable 10th place in 2012-13.

QPR (relegated 2012-13, promoted 2013-14)

Harry Redknapp, having replaced Mark Hughes, could not save the R's from ending up bottom of the Premier League pile in 2013, but he brought them back up via the Championship play-offs a year later. Redknapp then left the following February, and with Chris Ramsey in charge, it was bottom spot again for the west Londoners come May 2015.

NORWICH (relegated 2013-14, promoted 2014-15)

Hughton was sacked as Canaries boss shortly before the club ended 2013-14 in 18th place in the Premier League. Neil Adams had a spell at the helm, then Alex Neil came in and through play-off glory got the side promoted - but Wednesday has left Norwich looking to do it all over again.

Although these examples may provide some comfort for supporters of Newcastle, Norwich and Villa, the fact is that more often than not, clubs have failed to make an immediate comeback.

It is also worth noting there are some major outfits who are still yet to return to the Premier League after dropping out over a decade ago - Nottingham Forest, Ipswich and Leeds remain striving to get back into the division following relegation in 1999, 2002 and 2004 respectively.

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