Two teams relegated from the Premier League already
Huddersfield Town’s incredible run in the Premier League ended as did Fulham’s one-year stint back in the competition. For Fulham it is a very bad return for a team that spent over 100 million pounds in the summer transfer window. Huddersfield relegation was confirmed after they lost to Palace last weekend with both Southampton and Burnley winning their matches. This matches Derby’s record for being relegated from the Premier League with 6 matches remaining.
Huddersfield made it to the Premier League after winning the 17/18 Championship playoff, which meant they would be in England’s elite competition for the first time. Even though they had a very inexperienced squad they somehow managed to avoid relegation in their first season. This was lauded as a huge achievement and there was a lot of praise for their German coach, Wagner. However, this season has not been the same and they have only been able to win three matches all season, with five draws, and 24 losses. This led to Wagner stepping down with Jan Siewert taking over at the helm, however, he could not change the fate of the club.
Fulham would have only had a slight chance of staying up, if they did not lose last night against Watford, however, the match ended 4-1 for Watford and effectively sent Fulham back to the Championship. The club spent over 100 million pounds over the summer which made it seem like they would be at least fighting to stay in the Premier League at the end of the season. With that being said they brought in 12 new players, which might have unbalanced the squad and changed their style. They brought in big names, such as World Cup winner Schurrle and Seri, who was being scouted by Barcelona. Their manager Slavisa Jokanovic got fired in November and was replaced by Claudio Ranieri who then also got sacked in late February after winning only 3 of his 17 matches in charge. What ultimately cost them, is that Ranieri was not able to turn their form around and try to bring the best out of a good squad on paper.