6 Iconic Teams That Suffered Relegation This Season

​The 2015/16 season has seen some big teams falter, fall short and fail to accrue enough points to stay, despite their notoriety in their respective leagues.


With that in mind, here are six iconic teams who were relegated over the last season, with a look into how they ended up failing. 

6. Bolton Wanderers

​Rock-bottom of the Championship table on 30 points, with their closest competitor, MK Dons, finishing nine points ahead of them, Bolton were rightly relegated to the third tier of English football. With only five wins all season and financial difficulty off the pitch, Bolton looked doomed for Football League One early on.


As of 2015, Bolton Wanderers had the enviable title of being the club that had spent most seasons in the top division of English football than any other club currently outside the Premier League. Other notable accomplishments unbefitting of a club set to play in Football League One next season include a 2007/8 UEFA Cup last 32 appearance. 


Throughout the mid to late nineties, Bolton were a club consistently yo-yo-ing between the first division and the second tier. They established themselves more effectively in the 21st century, and between the 2003/4 and 2006/7 seasons, securing consecutive top-eight finishes in the Premier League. 


Bolton then became a Premier League team struggling in the lower echelons until 2012 saw them relegated to the Championship. They've endured difficult seasons since and haven't bounced back. In 2015, it was revealed that the club were £172m in debt and they picked up a transfer embargo as a result. 


April 9 saw a 4-1 defeat to Derby County, confirming a return to the third tier for Bolton for the first time since 1993.

5. FC Twente

​Despite finishing 13th in the Eredivisie, FC Twente were relegated due to a lack of financial transparency. The club that won the Eredivisie with Steve Mclaren in 2010 could have had its professional football license revoked. They've also been banned from European Football for three-years.


They will be strong favourites to bounce back to the Eridivisie after next season, but a disappointing situation for fans and players alike as the incompetency of a greedy management has dragged the team into the Jupiler League.

4. Stade de Reims

One of the most successful teams in Ligue 1 history, with ​six titles, two coupe de France trophies and five trophee des champions titles. Beating Olympic Lyon 4-1 on the final day would have made the champagne taste bitter. 


The were relegated from Ligue 1 by a single point, with Toulouse limping ahead. Stade de Reims are favorites to bounce straight back up from Ligue 2, but that won't do anything to console the disappointment.

3. Newcastle United

​Newcastle United endured a terrible season scarred by poor managerial appointments and a lethargic defense. Steve McLaren did nothing for his own reputation at the club, and had Rafa Benitez been appointed earlier on, Newcastle, without any doubt, would have survived the drop.


Rafa's Newcastle and McLaren's Newcastle are almost incomparable, despite having the same roster. Newcastle's owner Mike Ashley did spend big in the summer to the tune of £80m, bringing in a handful of Ligue 1 players and Alexander Mitrovic which just wasn't enough. 


Newcastle should have invested in a top centre-back, but spent most of the season deploying Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor, the same duo that Newcastle were relegated with seven-years-ago.


The fact that Rafa has pledged his allegiance to Newcastle's Championship scrap next season will be a relief to Newcastle fans. He gives fire, drive and hunger to Newcastle where McLaren gave excuses, excuses and excuses.

2. VfB Stuttgart

​The new Bundesliga teams this season have performed very well. Ingolstadt finished a very respectable 11th, whilst Darmstadt 98 crept through in 14th, five-points clear of relegated VfB Stuttgart. 


It wasn't in the script for the 2007 Bundesliga champions Stuttgart to fail. They've only missed two seasons of top-flight German football since it's inception in 1963. 


They've also been regulars in the Champions League, their best European campaign coming in the 2009/10 season with club legends like Pavel Pogrebnyak and Alexander Hleb contributing to get Stuttgart out of the group stage for the first time. They even drew at home to Barcelona in the last 16, despite losing 4-0 away from home. 


Essentially, Stuttgart's failings this season has come from a defensive perspective. They conceded a league high of 75 goals over the 38 game season. 


What hope did their decent attacking players like Daniel Didavi or Daniel Ginczek have of saving Stuttgart when they had to score three goals to counter the average of conceding two-goals every single game. 

1. Aston Villa

​If you need a lesson in how not to run a football club, look no further. The fans never gave up hope, but the players had. The board of directors had. The ex-manager, Remi Garde, shouldn't be a scapegoat for their failings either. 


Aston Villa had never been relegated from the Premier League since the format rolled out in 1992. But football did exist before that, and for a team that's been involved in English football since 1879, it's a shame one of the old guard has fallen without grace. 


Things will need to change drastically at the club if they want to bounce back straight away. But the concern is that the same side that's been faltering in the Premier League this year won't  be capable of shining in the Championship either

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