Sunderland finished seventh in consecutive seasons in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001, and in the former striker Kevin Phillips won the European Golden Shoe after notching 30 times in the league. From the off, Derby simply never looked capable of competing in the top flight. Getty Images, Nigel Clough, left, with Derby County chairman Adam Pearson after he was unveiled as the new Derby manager on January 7, 2009. It just took the whole bottom out the club. If he had heard about it from a contact then who would want to join a club in turmoil. It remains the longest losing streak in the history of the English top division and has only ever been bettered in any tier by Darwen in 1900. The portents are a bit ominous. ‘We were just there to make the numbers up that season.’, Howard celebrates after Matt Oakley put Derby 1-0 up in their opening game of the season vs Portsmouth – they went on to draw 2-2 and both players were sold to Leicester in January. There is a debate about who is the best Premier League team ever. Queens Park Rangers' 2013 team may not have broken any records in its relegation, but its demise was spectacular nonetheless. As an impassioned fan I have felt it all, said it all but at least my team isn’t considered the worst in Premier League history. QPR’s expenditure dwarfed that of many of the other sides in the division. Michail Antonio: England’s missed opportunity? Of 25 wins that campaign, 20 were by one goal. It was like a burden had been lifted off our backs because it had been coming for such a long time.’, ‘It was almost a relief when we got relegated,’ says Jewell. } ‘I came in on the first day of training expecting it to be buzzing with everyone looking to impress their new manager but after one session I turned to [coach] Stan Ternent and said: “We’re in trouble here. The worst team in the history of the Premier League, He loved the game more than politics: Jimmy Hill. Jewell shook things up in January, bringing in nine new signings including experienced Premier League players Roy Carroll, Alan Stubbs and Danny Mills. Honesty about your squad is one thing but Davies was now publicly critical of the team. They conceded 89 goals. September had only just begun. He’d led his side to the promised land with a win in the Championship play-off final against West Brom. Had he remained, we might not have stayed up, but we would have been in the late 20s or early 30s for points by the end. Getty Images, Nicolas Anelka, second left, of Bolton threads a pass past Tyrone Mears, right, and Darren Moore during their Premier League match at the Reebok Stadium on January 2, 2008 in Bolton. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. And under him, they did. We beat them 2-0 and that’s the worst team I’ve ever seen”. ‘We didn’t have the best squad but he created such a belief among the players and that’s why we overachieved.’. The Hammers and the Latics went on to enjoy extremely successful seasons, finishing ninth and 10th respectively. 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Club staff were unpaid, players were unpaid and turmoil behind the scenes with their estranged owner Ali al-Faraj translated directly to results on the pitch. ‘I haven’t spoken to the new chairman in three weeks. I was gutted about it. Long-suffering Sunderland’s first appearance in the list, the 2006 side was a … They’d earned a place in the Premier League with a cobbled together squad who were 66/1 to gain promotion at the start of the season. But they would pick up just one more all season and finished the campaign with a run of 15 straight defeats – without scoring in their final four matches. It was never to be repeated as was victory. No one has ended a Premier League season quite like Sunderland. At least the Anfield giants have managed to remain ever-presents in the league, however. ‘We knew we were going down, the nail was in the coffin and now the coffin is in the ground. Their campaign included a run of nine straight defeats from mid-October to mid-December. He said, “Absolutely we can stay up”. For others—such as Liverpool—nothing has quite been the same since the change. Its season simply never got going. Kenny [Miller] would sometimes give it out but the rest were a quiet bunch.’, As Todd explains: ‘It’s hard to say anything when you know you’re playing badly.’, ‘Todd and Savage had a big row on the training ground once,’ says Leacock. The 11 points Derby accumulated still stands as the lowest points total in Premier League history and they were 25 points adrift of safety. “This team is not good enough for the Premier League, they know that,” he said, in one of the most pessimistic statements any manager can have produced. Mick McCarthy’s Sunderland broke their own record with their 2005-06 campaign. Derby conceded six goals four times, four or five a further five.
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