When it comes to being in the Premier League for the 2017/18 season, Newcastle United will be in quite exclusive company.
Of the 30 clubs relegated in the last 10 season (2006/07 – 2015/16), only 5 (6 if Reading or Fulham come up through the play-offs) will be playing in the top tier next season.
Newcastle will join West Brom, West Ham, Watford and Burnley in the Premier League, all clubs that have a PL relegation in the last 10 years.
In fact there will be as many PL relegated clubs in the bottom two leagues, with Blackburn, Charlton, Portsmouth and Wigan in League One, whilst Blackpool will be League Two once again unless they win the play-offs.
Newcastle are one of seven clubs to have had a yoyo existence, experiencing two Premier League relegations in these past 10 seasons.
Under Rafa Benitez, hopefully he can instigate an era where relegation fears can become history and we can start looking up/forward once again.
Premier League relegations in past 10 seasons:
2 Birmingham, Burnley, Hull, Newcastle, Norwich, QPR, Reading
1 Aston Villa, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Cardiff, Charlton, Derby, Fulham, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Sheffield United, Watford, West Brom, West Ham, Wigan, Wolves
Divisions where the PL relegated (2006/07 – 2015/16) clubs will be playing in 2017/18:
Premier League: Burnley, Newcastle United, Watford, West Brom, West Ham
Championship: Aston Villa, Birmingham, Bolton, Cardiff, Derby, Fulham, Hull, Middlesbrough, Norwich, QPR, Reading, Sheffield United, Wolves
League One: Blackburn, Charlton, Portsmouth, Wigan
League Two: Blackpool (in play-offs so could still go up)
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