Sadly, Sunderland have just missed out on setting a new Premier League record.
In his excellent Sky Sports column, Martin Tyler has revealed how.
Tyler was asked (by a Sunderland fan):
‘Has a team ever spent more time inside the relegation zone than Sunderland have this season?’
“When the season ends on Sunday 21 May, Sunderland will have completed 261 days inside the relegation zone.
“During this 282 day season, they have only spent 21 days out of the bottom three.
“That’s the joint-fifth longest run of any team in Premier League history, along with West Ham (2010/11) and Swindon (1993/94).
“Four sides have spent longer in the bottom three during a Premier League season. Portsmouth (2009/10) were there for 264 days, Derby County (2007/08) were there for 268 days and QPR (2012/13) went down after 274 days in the drop zone.
“However, the unwanted record belongs to the Sheffield Wednesday side of 1999/00 who went down after 278 days in the bottom three. They finished 19th that season on 31 points after picking up just one point in their first nine matches! There were only two days in that entire campaign where they weren’t in the drop zone! Maybe their long wait for a return will end this year?”
Teams to have spent more than 260 days in the relegation zone in one season:
278 days Sheffield Wednesday 1999/00
274 days QPR 2012/13
268 days Derby 2007/08
264 days Portsmouth 2009/10
261 days Sunderland 2016/17
261 days Swindon 1993/94
261 days West Ham 2010/11
No wonder the Mackems are so depressed!
So if Sunderland had been in the bottom three for just 18 more days this season, they would be the all time champions of being truly rubbish.
There really is nothing worse than being at the bottom all season and being without a flicker of hope.
Not sure how much their spirits will have been raised by David Moyes declaring this week that they will be the ‘biggest club in the Championship’ next season.
Looking above at the other clubs that have suffered similarly to Sunderland in previous seasons.
That Sheffield Wednesday record was achieved the year that Sir Bobby Robson took over at Newcastle and beat them 8-0 in his first home match, with five for Alan Shearer.
As for the 2007/08 Derby County team, that was the year when they finished with only 11 points.
One club provided their only win of the season and with a draw in the reverse game, it meant four of their 11 points came from just one team.
Yes, Newcastle United lost 1-0 at Derby and drew 2-2 at St James Park, this was under the management of Sam Allardyce when allegedly he was badly done to when sacked, I don’t think so.
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