Football Teams with the Worst Rankings Drop

The English Premier League is considered one of the most lucrative and popular football leagues across the globe. It contains 20 different Welsh and English teams, playing a total of 38 games that span from the beginning of August until May the following year. At the end of each season, the three teams at the bottom of the log will drop out into the championship, while the top two teams from the tournament are promoted to feature in the Premier League the following season.

Since the English Premier League was established in 1992, a total of 35 teams have been relegated. There are only ten teams from 46 clubs that haven’t experienced relegation as of yet. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular clubs that have been relegated since 1992.

Southampton

Southampton was first established in 1885 and was regarded as a church football club, nicknamed ‘The Saints’. The team spent the first ten years struggling against relegation in the Premier League. In 2005, the club was eventually relegated, and this caused a wide range of players to leave the club as well. Several coaches attempted to breathe new life into the club, but none of their attempts was fruitful. During 2009, the club was relegated to the first leaguer due to financial issues. Thankfully, in 2012, the club was promoted back into the English Premier League after being absent for 12 years.

Leeds United

This club is regarded as one of the most successful football teams that don’t feature in the top flight league in England. Established in 1919, Leeds United had great success during the 1960s and 1970s. In 2004, the team was relegated from the Premier League due to spending that went pear-shaped. Due to lousy expenditure, most of its players were sold which led to the club’s relegation. In 2007, the club experienced more relegation and dropped to the third tier. Even though the club was promoted to the championship, it still struggles with the debt it accumulated years ago.

Portsmouth

This club is a perfect example of a football giant that is attempting to rise again. Ten years ago, no one could have imagined that this club was playing in League One who is the third tier when it comes to English football. Due to financial difficulties, the club sold most of its elite players. In 2009, the football club was so broke. It couldn’t pay its players for more than two months. In 2010, the football club was placed into administration which meant that 9 points would be deducted from its tally for the season. The point deduction permanently placed Portsmouth at the bottom of the league during the 2009/10 season which caused the club to experience relegation to the championship. Since then, the club has been relegated and now plays in League Three. Should the club be able to resolve their financial issues, they have an excellent opportunity to redeem themselves.