Relentless Relegation

Another year, another three teams feeling disappointed that they couldn’t beat the drop. This year the “Three Disappointed Amigos” include West Brom, Stoke and Swansea. All three changing mangers throughout the season, with the baggies changing their boss twice!

How did they get into this position and how are they able to get out of it? Let’s start with Stoke. The Potters finished 19th in the table with 7 wins, 12 draws and 19 losses. This occurred as they sacked their manager Mark Hughes on the 6th January 2018. Although it seemed like the right idea at the time, Hughes has come back and let the Saints survive the drop. The addition of Paul Lambert gave the initial boost to the team as all new managers seem to do nowadays, but frankly this change of persona has made a minor change and left Stoke in, in my opinion the hardest league in the world to get promoted from, the Championship. All I can say to Stoke is good luck, as if their bigger names depart they have an average team and an average manager in a very difficult league.

Next we move on to the Baggies. Placed 20th in the table with 6 wins, 13 draws and 19 losses. They would put down after Southampton’s midweek victory over Swansea. They have worked under three bosses this season but the most notable being Darren Moore, there last manager. Who caused them to go on a good run of form at the back end of the campaign and won manager of the month. Although West Brom have had an appalling season I can see them bouncing back up due to their young squad and seemingly good manager.

Finally Swansea, who were relegated officially on the last day of the season as they couldn’t secure the victory and the 10 better goal difference needed to put the Saints down.They finished 18th with 8 wins, 9 draws and 24 losses. They sacked Paul Clement early in then season and picked up the Portuguese manager Carlos Carvahal. His bright spark was placed into instant effect as Swansea went on a good run of form, but this seemed to run out in the back end of the season leaving them stranded in the Second tier of English football.