Ranked! 10 Worst Teams In Premier League History

The worst Premier League teams ever, from Sunderland to Derby County. For some teams, playing in the Premier League is like a natural habit. Teams like Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal have stayed in the top division for the longest time and have no signs of going down to the Championship, the second level of English football. They have been dominating English football since before 1992, the year when the Premier League was born.

Out of the 22 original members of the Premier League, only six have never left the league since its re-launch, they are: Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton. These six teams are some of the most powerful clubs in the country, but not all teams have been so fortunate.

Worst Teams In Premier League History

10 Worst Teams In Premier League History

Some clubs have suffered dismal spells in the top tier of English football since 1992, due to various reasons such as managerial changes, poor player quality or point penalties. The Premier League has also produced some amazing moments of spontaneous excitement and incredible talent, featuring spectacular goals and thrilling finishes.

But this article is not about those moments. It’s about the opposite. We’re going to take a look back at the archives and find out the 10 worst Teams In Premier League History.

Derby County – Premier League 2007/08 Season

Derby County faced the biggest challenge of any team in the history of the Premier League when they moved up from the Championship in 2007. They started the season with Billy Davies as their manager, but he was sacked in November and replaced by Paul Jewell.

Many people expected them to be relegated right away, and one bookmaker even paid out bets on Derby’s downfall in September. That was the same month that the Rams got their only win of the season: a 2-1 triumph over Newcastle United at home.

They tried to improve their situation by bringing in some seasoned Premier League players like Danny Mills, Robbie Savage, Roy Carroll and Alan Stubbs in the winter, but it didn’t help. Derby finished the season with a record low of 11 points and became the worst team ever in the Premier League.

Sunderland – Premier League 2005/06 Season

Sunderland returned to the Premier League in 2005, but they were not ready for the challenge. They had McCarthy as their manager, who had also led them in the disastrous 2002/03 season, but he could only guide them to one win and three draws in 2005.

The situation did not improve in 2006 and McCarthy was fired in February. He was replaced by Ball, a former Sunderland player, who managed to get the team’s only home victory of the season (2-1 against Fulham) in the second-last game. However, it was not enough to save Sunderland from relegation. They finished the season with only 15 points, a record low, but they did score five more goals than they had two seasons before.

Huddersfield Town – Premier League 2018/19 Season

Huddersfield Town had defied expectations by staying in the Premier League and ending 16th in their first season. But the Terriers could not do it again the next season after failing to improve their team. They only managed three wins all season and ended up last in the table with just 16 points.

Their charismatic manager, David Wagner, who had taken the South Yorkshire club to the top division against all odds, was maybe wrongly fired halfway through the season and Huddersfield have not been near the Premier League ever since.

Aston Villa – Premier League 2015/16 Season

Aston Villa’s decline after Martin O’Neill left in 2010 was gradual but inevitable – and it reached its nadir in the 2015/16 season. They lost key players like Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke in the summer and failed to find a replacement for the Belgian’s goalscoring prowess – Jordan Ayew was their best scorer with only seven goals.

They changed managers in October, bringing in Remi Garde, who had done well at Lyon, but he could not turn things around and alienated the fans, especially when he sidelined promising young star Jack Grealish.

He was fired in late March and Eric Black, the first-team coach, took over for the rest of the season, but it was too late to save Villa. They ended up at the bottom of the table, with a mere three wins and 17 points, and lost their place in the Premier League, which they had been part of since its inception.

Sunderland – Premier League 2002/03 Season

The 2002/03 season was a disaster for Sunderland, who fired their manager Peter Reid too soon and hired Howard Wilkinson, who had been out of the game for six years. Reid had led the Black Cats for seven years and was very popular, but he was sacked after nine games following a 3-1 loss to Arsenal.

Sunderland only managed to win two more games after that and went on a terrible losing streak after Christmas. Wilkinson was replaced by Mick McCarthy in March, but he could not save them from relegation. They finished with the lowest points (19) and goals (21) ever seen in the Premier League, but their worst was still to come.

Swindon Town – Premier League 1993/94 Season

Swindon Town made history in 1993 when they reached the Premier League for the first time ever, but they had to wait until late November for their first win in the top flight. They did not put up much resistance and were relegated with 30 points, ten less than Oldham Athletic in 21st place. The Robins’ only season in the Premier League is mostly known for the fact that they conceded 100 goals, which is still a Premier League record.

Bradford City – Premier League 2000/01 Season

Bradford City pulled off a miracle in the 1999/00 season, winning three of their last four games, including a memorable 1-0 victory over Liverpool, to stay in the top flight for the first time in 77 years. But they suffered a huge setback in the summer when manager Paul Jewell quit.

His assistant Chris Hutchings took over, but he could not replicate the success and was sacked in November. Even though they signed seasoned top strikers Benito Carbone and Stan Collymore, the Bantams scored the least goals in the league and ended up at the bottom with only 26 points.

Ipswich Town – Premier League 1994/95 Season

The 1994/95 season was a disaster for Ipswich Town, who had struggled to stay in the Premier League for the previous two seasons. They lost 11 of their first 15 games and John Lyall, their manager for over four years, was fired in early December.

George Burley took over and later became a great manager for Ipswich Town in his eight years at the club, but he could not save them from relegation that season. They ended up at the bottom of the table with 27 points and let in 93 goals, the second-most in Premier League history. The worst of these was a 9-0 thrashing by Manchester United.

Norwich City – Premier League 2021/22 Season

After a poor performance in 2019/20, Norwich City returned to the Premier League in 2021, only to face another relegation battle. The club did not seem to learn from their previous mistakes and weakened their squad by selling key players like Emiliano Buendia and Todd Cantwell.

This resulted in the dismissal of manager Daniel Farke and the appointment of Dean Smith, who failed to turn things around and saw Norwich finish at the bottom of the table with 22 points. The next season, the Canaries struggled to compete in the Championship and ended up in 13th position.

Portsmouth – Premier League 2009/10 Season

Portsmouth had been heading for trouble long before the 2009/10 season began. They had overspent in the previous seasons and had to let go of many important players like Peter Crouch, Glen Johnson, Niko Kranjcar, and Sylvain Distin, without finding suitable replacements. The team from the south coast had a terrible start to the season, losing their first seven Premier League games, and Avram Grant took over from Paul Hart as the manager in November.

The season was also marked by several changes in ownership, which resulted in Pompey losing nine points for going into administration, effectively condemning them to relegation. They ended up at the bottom of the league with 19 points (after the deduction) and the only consolation for their fans was the FA Cup final, which they lost 1-0 to Chelsea.

List of Worst Teams In Premier League History

RankTeamSeasonPoints Tally
1.Derby Country2007/0811
3.Huddersfield Town2018/1916
4.Aston Villa2015/1617
6.Swindon Town1993/9430
7.Bradford City2000/0126
8.Ipswich Town1994/9527
9.Norwich City2021/2222

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