A second Premier League relegation in eight seasons may have been tough to take for Newcastle, but it turns out they lucked out by finishing third bottom.
Research into the fates of relegated teams across Europe’s five biggest leagues over the past ten completed seasons by news.bwin.com has revealed placing 18th in England’s elite tier is the most upwardly-mobile demotion form going.
During the period in question no fewer than 70% of the sides that finished best of the division’s relegated teams were able to gain promotion back to the top table at the very first time of asking.
The Premier League is by no means Europe’s easiest top flight to bounce back from the next season though and history gives the prospects of Norwich and Aston Villa doing so far shorter shrift.
Despite the lofty next-season readmission rate of sides to finish 17th in the Premier League, those relegated from Serie A have been more likely to be promoted at the first attempt over the last ten completed seasons.
No fewer than 11 of the 27 teams (41%) to go down from the Italian top flight across the time frame in question were able to do so.
Unlike in Serie A, where the percentage of sides promoted the season after their relegation didn’t vary greatly depending on the league position occupied in their demotion campaign, history shows English top tier teams finishing 19th or 20th have struggled to bounce back at the first attempt.
Oddly enough placing 19th has even more negative connotations for escaping the Championship first time than propping up the Prem.
Reigning second-tier kings Burnley are the sole club to bounce back a year after being relegated in the position in the previous campaign.