Ah, finally I get to write a piece on which teams I’d love to see relegated. Before this turns in to a complete rant and annoys various football fans across the country, let me just say that I do not support any particular team in the English football pyramid. My three choices will be based solely on…well, I will explain my reasons as we go.
Hmm, my first choice would have to be Bolton! Vernon Kay, Amir Khan and Peter Kay a side, there is nothing I admire about the football club that is Bolton Wanderers. Oh, maybe Gary Cahill but that would be about it. For years I have sat at home watching matches of every team to grace the Premier League but rarely do I despise a performance as much as watching Bolton. It was of course Sam Allardyce who achieved success at Bolton with the ‘route one’ or ‘long ball’ system. Now, I am a fan of football, and football that is played the right way e.g. Arsenal. Even without Allardyce, Bolton are continuing the long ball trend and making me cringe week in week out. The sooner I don’t have to watch them, the better!
As much as I admired Burnley’s playing style under Owen Coyle, I think they could do with dropping out of the finest League in the World. No disrespect to the club but they really aren’t a Premier League club, yet. I add the yet because of the support they get every week. Burnley have been a fantastic addition to the League and, at home, have played some very nice football. However, the loss of Owen Coyle will surely see them drop down and I think they will be back to a League where they belong. When the likes of Newcastle, West Brom and Nottingham Forest are below them, there is surely something wrong.
And finally, I am stuck with a decision between a number of clubs. Blackburn’s home support alone deserves to be relegated. The performances on the pitch aren’t much better either. Under Allardyce they will no doubt be turned into the old Bolton and play the long ball tactic but due to the memories of Shearer and Sutton etc I’d be partial to keeping them for the next few seasons. Stoke are the other option. The long throw may be a good weapon but it is surely not something we want to see teams use as an example of how to win games. I mean, we may as well include the option of throwing the ball in from penalties if we are going to do that. They may have a loud stadium, and be safe for yet another season, but it is slightly disappointing that no team (other than Tottenham and Peter Crouch) have found a way of dealing with a long throw. I think Stoke City would have to join Burnley and Bolton in my relegation wish list.
Anybody have their own preferences?? Don’t hesitate to comment!