Some interesting stats have been thrown up by Martin Tyler when it comes to Premier League clubs bouncing straight back after relegation.
In his regular Sky Sports column, a Sunderland fan asked Tyler what the chances were of Sunderland coming straight back up?
The answer of course in the real world, is very very unlikely.
However, purely from the stats perspective, it gives a very different answer.
Newcastle have done exceptionally well to go straight back up and the struggles and managerial sackings at Villa and Norwich are further proof of that.
However, the stats that are usually quoted, generally show only those clubs that have gone up automatically, via the top two placings, not including the play-off winners.
Since the Premier League was initiated in 1992, 73 clubs have been relegated (before this current 2016/17 season) and 21 of them have come straight back up the next season, basically around one in three.
So this season has followed the trend with Newcastle United being the one (phew!).
In fact recent years have seen MORE teams instantly bounce back than is the average, in the past four years, five of the 12 relegated cubs have gone straight back up, including Newcastle.
The past nine seasons have seen nine clubs get an instant return and only in two of the years has no relegated club managed it,
Martin Tyler column on Sky Sports:
Sunderland fan here: what chance do we stand of coming straight back up next year? How many teams have done it in the past? (Fraser, Sunderland)
MARTIN SAYS: David Moyes experienced what he called the worst day of his career in football as Sunderland’s 10-year Premier League tenure ended after losing 1-0 to Bournemouth.
Despite the immediate future looking bleak for Sunderland, hope should be taken from the strong record of teams bouncing straight back from the Championship.
Since the Premier League was formed, 21 out of 73 teams that have been relegated from the Premier League have gained promotion the following season. That’s almost 29 per cent of teams.
Eight of the 24 teams to have finished bottom of the Premier League in their relegation season have bounced straight back, including Sunderland in the 2006/07 campaign.
After recording just 15 points in the 2005/06 Premier League season, a summer of wholesale changes followed in the north east. Under the stewardship of Roy Keane, Sunderland won the Championship.
So Sunderland can take solace in the fact that one in three teams that finish bottom of the Premier League – should they do so – bounce straight back.
Teams to have been promoted in season after being relegated:
Relegated in 1992/93: Nottingham Forest*, Crystal Palace
1996/97: Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough*
2000/01: Man City
2002/03: West Brom
2005/06: Sunderland*, Birmingham
2008/09: West Brom*, Newcastle
2010/11: West Ham*
2014/15: Burnley, Hull