Can Relegation Be Good? 6 Clubs That Have Benefited From Falling Out of the Premier League

Supporters can often see relegation from the Premier League as the worst case scenario for their club. Football fans are all too familiar with big clubs falling from grace, such as Leeds United, Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest. 

However, relegation can help improve teams in the long run. Playing in the Championship allows teams to re-shape their squad and appoint a new manager. 

Here is a list of six teams which have benefited from relegation...

6. Aston Villa

After a disastrous season under Remi Garde, Villa were relegated. Roberto Di Matteo was initially appointed as manager but was replaced after twelve games by Steve Bruce. The former Manchester United centre-back was chosen as the new head coach because he had achieved promotion with both Birmingham City and Hull City.

Whilst in the Championship, Bruce has re-shaped the squad with the likes of Albert Adomah, Josh Onomah and Robert Snodgrass joining the team. The 56-year-old veteran has now turned Villa into serious contenders for promotion.

5. Cardiff City

During Cardiff City's time in the Premier League, owner Vincent Tan dominated the headlines. Tan was involved in controversies such as changing the team colours from blue to "lucky" red, which detracted from the football. Following relegation to the Championship, Tan has been less involved and decided to appoint Neil Warnock.

Warnock, like Bruce, is a promotion specialist, having been promoted with Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers. The 69-year-old has now put Cardiff in a good position, with promotion looking likely for the Welsh side.

4. West Ham United

After having been involved in relegation scraps for the previous two seasons, West Ham were relegated in 2011. The Hammers had sacked two managers, Gianfranco Zola and Avram Grant, in two years.

Once relegated, the club turned to Sam Allardyce who achieved promotion at the first attempt. Allardyce managed to keep the London side in the Premier League for the duration of his contract, giving the club a solid base to build on. 

3. Newcastle United

Having been a yo-yo team in recent years Newcastle appear to have turned a corner. Although Newcastle United were relegated under Rafa Benitez, the damage had been done prior to his arrival. 

After taking the Toon down, the Spaniard was given time to impose his tactics on the team adn immediately came back up. The signing of young players such as Mikel Merino and Christian Atsu under Benitez has given Newcastle hope that they will be able to compete in the Premier League for years to come.

2. Burnley

Burnley's first season in the Premier League unfortunately ended in relegation back to the Championship. The board, however, stood by manager Sean Dyche and over the summer the club managed to retain most of their players.

During Dyche's third season at the club he achieved promotion once again for the Lancashire side. Burnley demonstrated that giving the 46-year-old time to work on the squad allowed the team to be in a strong position on their return to the top flight.

1. Southampton

Southampton had spent 27 consecutive seasons in the Premier League, but then suffered a series of relegations which left them out of the top division for seven years. On their return to the Premier League, the Saints were willing to invest in the team and reaped the rewards finishing 14th. 

Since their first season back in the top flight, the Saints have managed to develop a model which has seen their top players leave, only to be replaced by shrewd purchases in the transfer market. The South coast side are now Premier League regulars, chasing European places.