History Against Aston Villa As They Prepare For Premier League Return
Aston Villa fans woke up this morning - maybe with a fuzzy head - happy in the knowledge they are once again in English football’s top flight.
Their play-off win over Derby on Monday means they will be mixing it with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool from August but once the haze of celebration fades away, realism will kick in.
History tells us that recent winners of the Championship play-offs go straight back down with only Huddersfield managing more than one season in the Premier League in the last five years.
At this stage, nobody can make such a bold prediction about the survival chances of Dean Smith’s team. There’s a summer of recruitment to negotiate and as Fulham showed last year, a raft of new signings doesn’t always mean survival.
After beating Aston Villa in the play-off final, the London club embarked on - what appeared on paper at least - an impressive recruitment drive.
But the season did not go well with three different managers taking charge during the campaign and their relegation was confirmed in April after a ninth defeat in a row.
The Terriers stayed up in their first season against all odds under the guidance of German boss David Wagner.
But he couldn’t repeat the feat in the following season with Huddersfield enduring a desperate campaign and being relegated in March. Jan Siewert replaced Wagner with the club all but down.
2016: Hull City
Steve Bruce left Hull in July 2016 and his assistant Mike Phelan stepped up as caretaker, later confirmed as head coach but only lasted until January 3.
There was some hope of survival when new boss Marco Silva arrived but The Tigers succumbed to relegation.
2015: Norwich City
Alex Neil’s Canaries lasted just a season after being promoted back to the Premier League following a play-off final win over Middlesbrough.
Rangers enjoyed a surprise Wembley win over Derby thanks to a last minute goal from Bobby Zamora.
Harry Redknapp resigned as manager in February and was replaced by Chris Ramsey but the club finished bottom of the table with only 30 points.
2013: Crystal Palace
Ian Holloway inspired the Eagles to promotion to the Premier League after eight years away after a 1-0 play-off final win over Watford.
The former Blackpool boss resigned in October 2013, replaced by Tony Pulis who was then followed by Neil Warnock before Alan Pardew steadied the ship.
Palace have stayed in the top flight since and have been managed since 2017 by Roy Hodgson who came in after Frank de Boer memorably lasted only 77 days.
2012: West Ham United
The Hammers earned promotion with a win over Blackpool in the play-off final and they have managed to retain their top flight status since.
2011: Swansea City
A win over Reading secured promotion for the Swans and they impressively maintained their top flight status until 2018.
The Seasiders beat Cardiff City 3-2 to earn their first ever appearance in the Premier League.
They famously beat Wigan 4-0 away in their first game but couldn’t maintain that start, relegated 365 days after they were promoted after a defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Clarets made a blazing start to life in the Premier League following their promotion, winning their opening four home games. Who could forget Robbie Blake’s stunning strike to defeat reigning champions Manchester United at Turf Moor?
However, the departure of boss Owen Coyle to Bolton derailed their season and they ended up being relegated after just a season.