The 6 Relegated Clubs That Have Bounced Straight Back to the Premier League More Than Once

Newcastle United booked their return to the Premier League at the first time of asking this week, bouncing back straight to the top flight after a relegation for the second time in recent years.

A total of 16 different clubs including the likes of Manchester City (2002), Bolton Wanderers (1997), Middlesbrough (1998), Crystal Palace (1994), Sunderland (2007) and Burnley (2016) have all managed it once in the Premier League era.

But the Magpies are one of a select group of just six clubs that have performed the impressive and challenging immediate bounce-back trick more than once...

6. West Ham United (1993, 2012)

West Ham were actually relegated from the top flight in the final year of the old First Division era and returned to the newly renamed Premier League for its second season after earning their promotion in 1993.

In terms of being relegated from the Premier League itself, the Hammers took two seasons to return after dropping down a level in 2003, but bounced straight back via the Championship playoffs in 2012 when Sam Allardyce was in charge.

5. Nottingham Forest (1994, 1998)

Relegated from the inaugural Premier League season in Brian Clough's final year in charge, Nottingham Forest were back in the top flight just a year later after Frank Clark guided the club to second place in the second tier and automatic promotion.

When Forest were relegated again in 1997, they made a second immediate return to the Premier League under the leadership of Dave Bassett, winning Division One with 94 points.

4. Leicester City (1996, 2003)

Martin O'Neill took over a freshly relegated Leicester in the summer of 1995 and steered the Foxes back to the Premier League via the playoffs at the end of his first season in charge.

Leicester were ultimately relegated back to Division One in 2002, the club's final season at Filbert Street, but christened their new home with immediate promotion. They lasted only a single season back in the top flight under Micky Adams and didn't return again until 2014.

3. West Bromwich Albion (2004, 2010)

Having briefly tasted Premier League football during the 2002/03 campaign, West Brom ensured their time back in the Football League would be just as fleeting and secured an immediate promotion in April 2004.

Relegation followed again in 2006, with another promotion in 2008, fully earning the Baggies a yo-yo reputation. Relegated in 2009, the club bounced back immediately for the second time in 2010 when they finished second in the Championship behind Newcastle.

2. Birmingham City (2007, 2009)

Birmingham have been promoted to the Premier League on three occasions since their first leap into the big time (post-1992 era) in 2002, with two of those promotion coming immediately off the back of a relegation.

The Blues were dumped out of the top flight in 2006, going on to finish second in the Championship the following season and return, while the same thing also happened after a second relegation in 2008 and immediate promotion in 2009.

1. Newcastle United (2010, 2017)

Newcastle walked the Championship during the 2009/10 campaign, amassing over 100 points in what was their first season outside the Premier League since 1993 and returning to the top flight at the first time of asking after a 2009 relegation.

With another relegation in 2016, the Magpies have repeated the trick, following Brighton up to the Premier League in the Championship's second automatic promotion spot.

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