Who would be first to jump ship from the Premier League’s relegated clubs?

Tamhas Woods

Avoiding relegation from the Premier League is one issue, but in recent seasons, avoiding a second consecutive relegation has become a major consideration. With fifteen games remaining in this Premier League season, teams in the bottom half may feel compelled to worry.

At this crucial juncture of 2016/17, Burnley have emerged as a surprise package from the FL Championship. Despite being relegated with manager Sean Dyche in 2015, the Clarets board stayed faithful.

Joey Barton's fighting spirit is a great asset to newly-promoted Burnley.
Joey Barton’s fighting spirit is a great asset to newly-promoted Burnley.

With scintillating home form, Burnley look well placed to avoid any relegation fight in May. For the other two promoted teams, Hull and Middlesbrough, a relegation fight is very much on the immediate agenda.

Even champions Leicester appear likely candidates, with nearly two-thirds of the season now gone.

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A second consecutive relegation? Surely not!

Few could have predicted the recent falls of Wolves and Wigan Athletic. While rank mismanagement at Molineux caused Wolves to experience a second consecutive relegation, the fall of Wigan is a far more perplexing story.

Wigan fans react to a second consecutive relegation
Wigan’s 2012/13 season summarised in sign language.

Under Roberto Martinez, Wigan won the F.A Cup in 2013, and suffered relegation just days later. Wigan clung in vain to the hope that a Europa League appearance could see the club retain its key talents, but it was not to be. After failing to gain promotion in 2014, the Latics sunk further the following year.

Howe the hell do you sleep at night?

Tipping Bournemouth, in the unlikely event of their relegation, for a further demotion is contentious. There can be no denying that Eddie Howe’s club achieved a miracle in 2014/15, when his charges won the Football League Championship after being the hot tip for relegation.

Bournemouth's team spirit saw the club survive comfortably in 2015/16
Bournemouth’s team spirit saw the club survive comfortably in 2015/16

Other than Saints fans, nobody wants to see the Cherries go down – unless they are the sort of person who would send an orphan a dead puppy for Christmas. Unfortunately, the club remains commercially small, even in comparison to the bigger Championship and League One clubs.

Bournemouth have more than survived on pure team spirit until now. Consequently, their relegation would see key departures severely disrupt it.

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