BOTTOM OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE AT CHRISTMAS.. AND ROBBO'S ONES WHO GOT AWAY.
Manager Chris Hutchings was given the boot after just 12 games and replaced by Jim Jefferies, but Bradford equalled Swindon's unwanted record low of five wins in a season to finish bottom of the table.
2001/02 Leicester City Finished 20th
Peter Taylor lasted until September before being replaced by Dave Bassett, but a four-month winless run ended with relegation. The Foxes did beat Spurs 2-1 in the last match played at Filbert Street.
2002/03 West Ham Utd Finished 18th
Glenn Roeder's talented squad were relegated despite finishing the season with 42 points. Condemned to the drop after Bolton beat Middlesbrough on the final day. Roeder was also battling with a brain tumor.
2003/04 Wolves Finished 20th
After a 20-year absence from the top flight, Wolves did not win any of their opening seven league matches. Despite a famous 1-0 home win over Man United in January, Dave Jones's side failed to win an away game all season.
2004/05 West Brom Finished 17th
The Baggies mounted the great escape by beating the drop despite being bottom at Christmas. Gary Megson was replaced by Bryan Robson and he guided them to safety as they beat Pompey 2-0 on the final day (left).
2005/06 Sunderland FFinished 20th
Sunderland set an unwanted record of finishing the season with a record low of 15 points. Mick McCarthy was sacked in March and replaced by Kevin Ball, but defeat to United on April 14 officially relegated them.
2006/07 Watford Finished 20th to The Hornets lasted just one season back in the top flight. Aidy Boothroyd's men had to wait until November for their first Premier League victory. Watford won just five games all season to drop out of the elite.
2007/08 Derby County Finished 20th
Derby set a new record low points tally after managing just 11 all season. Billy Davies was sacked in November and replaced by Paul Jewell, but the luckless Rams were officially relegated on March 29.
2008/09 West Brom Finished 20th
Despite wins over Man City and Spurs towards the end of the campaign, West Brom went down. Manager Tony Mowbray was hailed for his exciting brand of football and Baggies fans even paid tribute to him on final day.
2008/09 Portsmouth FFinished 20th
Cash-strapped Pompey lost their first seven Premier League games and Paul Hart was given the boot. Avram Grant came in, but apart from the first week of the season, when they were 19th, the club never moved off the bottom.
2010/11 West Ham Utd Finished 20th
Boxing Day 2010 provided some respite for the Hammers - a 3-1 win at Fulham lifted them off the bottom. But with Avram Grant at the helm (see Pompey previous season) they ended the season in last place.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Dec 26, 2011|
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