Top 10 teams ‘too big’ to go down

His­tory is lit­tered with gi­ants of the game who fell to earth – and rel­e­ga­tion

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE - By Richard Amofa

1 Man Utd 1974

Manch­ester United leg­end De­nis Law (be­low with Mike Sum­mer­bee) sealed their rel­e­ga­tion, scor­ing a fa­mous back­heel against them for City. None­the­less, United bounced back at the first at­tempt.

2 Wolves 1976

Wolves, who had been high-fliers both do­mes­ti­cally and in Europe, fell into the sec­ond tier af­ter a dis­as­trous cam­paign. They bounced back as cham­pi­ons at the first at­tempt.

3 Spurs 1977

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur con­ceded more than 50 goals away from home as they fin­ished rock bot­tom of the old Divi­sion One. How­ever, they bounced back again at the first time of ask­ing in 1978.

4 Man City 1983

Af­ter man­ager John Bond de­parted mid­sea­son fol­low­ing a fall­ing-out with the board, City were rel­e­gated on the fi­nal day. They had two sea­sons in the sec­ond tier be­fore re­turn­ing.

5 Ip­swich 1986

Af­ter Sir Bobby Rob­son left to be­come man­ager of Eng­land in 1982 the club went into de­cline and were rel­e­gated four years later. It took them six years to re­turn – in the first Premier League.

6 As­ton Villa 1987

Just five years af­ter win­ning the Euro­pean Cup they fell into the sec­ond tier fol­low­ing a dis­mal sea­son. How­ever, un­der new man­ager Gra­ham Tay­lor, they achieved instant pro­mo­tion.

7 N For­est 1993

De­spite reach­ing the FA Cup fi­nal two sea­sons be­fore, For­est were rel­e­gated in the Premier League’s first sea­son. They re­turned at the first at­tempt and qual­i­fied for the Uefa Cup a year later.

8 Black­burn 1999

A mere four years af­ter win­ning the Premier League ti­tle, Black­burn Rovers slumped into Divi­sion One. Graeme Souness mas­ter­minded their re­turn to the top flight in 2001.

9 Leeds Utd 2004

Leeds reached the Cham­pi­ons League semis in 2001, but were rel­e­gated in 2004 af­ter suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous fi­nan­cial prob­lems. They have yet to re­turn, and en­dured a stint in League One.

10 New­cas­tle 2009

Af­ter Kevin Kee­gan’s sec­ond spell in charge ended in ac­ri­mony and Joe Kin­n­ear’s first reign was cur­tailed by ill health, New­cas­tle were rel­e­gated on the fi­nal day un­der Alan Shearer. They re­turned in 2010.

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