Look at the 2008/09 Premier League Table – Amazing changes since
Just look at this 2008/09 Premier League table below.
If you wanted proof of the ever changing nature of the English top tier, this is hard to beat.
Compare it to what we have now and just where most of those clubs are in the present day.
Clubs that were in the Premier League only 10 years ago, with such a shift in circumstances.
The 2008/09 Premier League table :
Only seven of these clubs have been in the Premier League every year since 2008/09, the ‘big six’ and Everton.
Of the 20 clubs in the Premier League ten years ago, only these seven plus West Ham and Newcastle are likely to be in the top tier next season, with Fulham already down and Norwich, Leeds and Sheffield United the clubs in pole position to come up.
Altogether, five of the 2008/09 Premier League clubs have been in League One since then – Sunderland, Portsmouth, Blackburn, Bolton and Wigan. With Pompey actually having also spent a number of years in League Two as well.
Whilst some people will take this instability as somehow explaining why Newcastle have spent two spells in the Championship since 2008/09, I would refer you instead to what Robbie Earle said five weeks ago (see below).
The former Premier League player now a pundit on TV in America for PL coverage saying: ‘I’m thinking, you know what, in this league there should be a big seven. There is a big six and there should be Newcastle.’
That is the case, it doesn’t mean that Newcastle should have an automatic right to be in the top tier but with the significant financial advantage they have via the fanbase, NUFC should indeed be part of a ‘big seven’ in the top tier.
The Mag – 27 February 2019:
Robbie Earle talking on NBCSN:
“The biggest compliment I can give them [Newcastle] is mirroring last season when finishing tenth in the league and starting the season badly again.
“It is all down to Rafa Benitez.
“As much down to defence as it is goals.
“Only 34 goals conceded, that is less than Manchester United and Arsenal.
“As I’m seeing those [Newcastle] fans at the end, standing and clapping, and love their football club.
“I’m thinking, you know what, in this league there should be a big seven.
“There is a big six and there should be Newcastle.
“Rafa Benitez being linked to Leicester City job, tells you how badly Newcastle United is being run, because under no circumstances should a manager be manager of Newcastle and then think about going to Leicester City.
“If this club is run twenty five per cent correctly, it is a top ten team.”
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