Yesterday marked the final day of the Premier League season in England and it saw Swansea join Stoke and West Brom relegation to the Championship, but why did these three seemingly established Premier League teams suffer such disastrous seasons?
Manager Carlos Carvalhal said yesterday in his press conference following a 2-1 home defeat to Stoke City that he believed the lack of points earned in the first half of the season under Paul Clement was the reason the Swans were relegated. He used the statistics to back up his point, saying before he arrived the team got 13 points from 20 games. When Carvalhal took over, Swansea were bottom of the league, and the Portuguese oversaw 18 games that bought 20 points to Wales, but their defeat against Southampton in the week effectively saw any hopes of staying in the league fade for Swansea. The Jacks finished their season with a lacklustre and whimpering home defeat to fellow strugglers and relegation sufferers Stoke City, but Carvalhal could remain as manager next season.
Stoke have finished comfortably above relegation in all of their nine seasons in the top division, but this season saw a disastrous transfer strategy and lack of discipline seemingly contribute to the Potters downfall. Stoke opted to stick with Mark Hughes through tough times from September to January, but when they were knocked out of the F.A. Cup by League Two Coventry the board relieved the Welshman of his duties following only five wins, one of them away from home. Scotsman Paul Lambert was drafted in to try and save the Potters and got off to a great start with a win against relegation contenders Huddersfield but then failed to notch up a win in the following thirteen before beating Swansea yesterday. Lambert’s side were ahead in six games but failed to see those games through, an astonishing 12 points dropped from winning positions that would have undoubtedly seen Stoke stay safe. Lambert could remain in charge for next season but a serious rebuild is needed at the bet365 Stadium.
A downfall of the highest calibre has seen West Brom get relegated this season. I believe had Tony Pulis stayed in charge at The Hawthorns then they would have remained in the league. Alan Pardew was given the relatively difficult task of keeping the Baggies up but a trip to Barcelona summed up the Englishman’s time in charge where players stole a taxi and a clear lack of respect and discipline was shown. Pardew was ultimately sacked after four months in the job and fan favourite Darren Moore was given the job and he almost gave West Brom the greatest of great escapes! Going five games unbeaten and only losing his final game, Moore has set himself up in great stead to be given the job permanently for next season.