The Worst Premier League Team Ever? How Relegated Huddersfield Compare to Aston Villa, Derby County And Sunderland
It has been coming. The seemingly inevitable relegation of Huddersfield Town from the Premier League was finally confirmed on Saturday afternoon as the Terriers lost 2-0 to Crystal Palace and they can start planning for next season in the Championship.
Watching Huddersfield has been like witnessing a car crash. You don't want to look but there is a grim fascination with how bad things could be. It has been a horror show.
They have collected a paltry 14 points from 32 games so far, losing nine of their last ten top-flight outings, and they are in danger if joining an illustrious band of losers. With matches against Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool still to come during their final six fixtures of the campaign, Huddersfield face a battle to avoid being remembered as one of the worst Premier League teams ever.
We take a look at three of the worst teams to ever grace the Premier League...
Derby County (2007/08)
The undisputed 'worst team ever'. Derby County manager Billy Davies made ten new signings during the summer as the Rams prepared to rub shoulders with the best teams in England and not even nine further signings in January could save them from a woeful campaign. The East Midlands outfit managed to win one game all season - a 1-0 victory against Newcastle - and they finished with the lowest points tally of any team in the Premier League.
Goal Difference: -69
Mick McCarthy's Sunderland lost their first five games of the 2005/06 Premier League season and it was an uphill struggle from there. The Black Cats did manage to win three games but they were relegated with plenty to spare in the end.
Goal Difference: -43
Aston Villa (2015/16)
Having reached an FA Cup final and narrowly avoided relegation under the tutelage of the Gillet-loving 'Tactics Tim' Sherwood at the end of the 2014/15 season, Aston Villa fans were probably looking towards the 2015/16 campaign with a semblance of optimism.
That optimism was quickly dashed by the sale of star players Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph during the summer transfer window and those losses were an omen of things to come. Aston Villa were an utter shambles.
Despite winning 1-0 at Bournemouth on the opening day, Villa lost their next six matches in a row and Sherwood was duly sacked. The highly-rated Remi Garde was appointed manager and Arsene Wenger encouraged his fellow Frenchman to make the move to Villa Park. Garde must have wondered what he had done to Wenger to receive such horrible advice.
Garde managed to win just two games before he was shown the door. The Villans were duly relegated with 17 points to their names and they have been struggling to get out of the Championship ever since.
Goal Difference: -49
Huddersfield are in danger of slotting in to the all-time list in second place, behind Derby. They have 14 points currently, with matches against Leicester (home), Tottenham (away), Watford (home), Liverpool (away), Manchester United (home) and Southampton (away) to come.