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Everton are not too big to suffer Premier League relegation… just ask Leeds and Newcastle

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As Maxwell Cornet’s late goal punished another Everton defensive mistake to condemn the Toffees to defeat at Burnley, they were left staring down the relegation barrel.

Everton’s loss at Turf Moor leaves them just one point clear of the drop zone with nine games to play.

They face a tough fixture list which sees them play Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal during the run-in.

Everton sit just one point above the drop zone following Wednesday's defeat to Burnley

Everton sit just one point above the drop zone following Wednesday’s defeat to Burnley 

Lampard has struggled to get Everton climbing the table after six points from nine games

Lampard has struggled to get Everton climbing the table after six points from nine games

It has been a disastrous season for the club with strong fan unrest and is a culmination of mismanagement over recent few years.

Since Farhad Moshiri bought Everton in 2016 they have spent more than £500million on players but to little success.

They last week announced a loss of £120.9million for the 2020-21 financial year which means Everton have lost a staggering £373million over the past three years.

Owner Farhad Moshiri has spent over £500million on players with little to show for it

Owner Farhad Moshiri has spent over £500million on players with little to show for it

The Toffees sit precariously above the relegation zone, just one point ahead of Burnley

The Toffees sit precariously above the relegation zone, just one point ahead of Burnley

Everton’s starting XI on Wednesday cost more than £160million but they have picked up just six points in nine games since Frank Lampard took over in January.

Everton have been in the top-flight of English football since 1954-55. Despite their poor form it would be a huge story if they were relegated.

Sportsmail takes a look at the Premier League’s biggest shock relegations.

Nottingham Forest 1992-93

An emotional Brian Clough after his final game in charge of Nottingham Forest, shortly after their relegation from the top-flight

An emotional Brian Clough after his final game in charge of Nottingham Forest, shortly after their relegation from the top-flight

Having finished eighth the previous season, Forest headed into the inaugural Premier League campaign with plenty of optimism under the guidance of legendary manager Brian Clough.

Since taking over in 1975 Clough’s successful reign included two European cups, a First Division title, four League Cups and 15 years of successive top-flight football.

Despite beating Liverpool on the opening day they lost six successive games and never recovered.

They were not helped by the sales of key players Teddy Sheringham and Des Walker and were barely out the relegation zone all season.

Unrest behind the scenes didn’t help with Clough’s erratic behaviour and a dispute with talisman Stuart Pearce creating turmoil and Forest finished bottom, nine points adrift of safety.

Clough announced his retirement from management at the end of the season.

Blackburn Rovers 1998-99

After finishing sixth the previous season and winning the Premier League in 1994-95, the mid-to-late nineties was a golden era for the club.

They were backed by the millions of local steel magnate Jack Walker and spent more than £35million in 1998-99. This included big money signings Jason McAteer, Kevin Davies and Lee Carsley.

Blackburn even played in Europe that season. They had qualified for the UEFA Cup but went out in the first round to Lyon.

Blackburn's Chris Sutton (left) is sent off against Arsenal during their relegation season

Blackburn’s Chris Sutton (left) is sent off against Arsenal during their relegation season

A dejected Rovers boss Brian Kidd is consoled by Peter Schmeichel after suffering relegation

A dejected Rovers boss Brian Kidd is consoled by Peter Schmeichel after suffering relegation

Despite title winners such as Tim Flowers and Chris Sutton being part of the squad they struggled throughout the campaign. Manager Roy Hodgson was sacked and replaced by Brian Kidd in December 1998.

Kidd was unable to make an impact as Blackburn won only one of their last 14 games and finished in 19th place.

This was a rapid decline and Blackburn remain the only Premier League champions to be relegated after winning the league.

West Ham 2002-03

The ‘too good to go down’ cliché is perhaps best reserved for this West Ham team.

They came seventh in 2001-02 and the team included stars such as Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Jermaine Defoe, Paolo Di Canio and Glen Johnson – they were expected to kick on and challenge for Europe.

A 14-match winless run from October to January was key in consigning the Hammers to their fate. They spent just one matchday outside the bottom three after a November defeat to Leeds.

Trevor Brooking pats Paolo Di Canio on the back after West Ham's relegation is confirmed

Trevor Brooking pats Paolo Di Canio on the back after West Ham’s relegation is confirmed

Frederic Kanoute (left) and Trevor Sinclair (right) can't hide their emotions on the final day

Frederic Kanoute (left) and Trevor Sinclair (right) can’t hide their emotions on the final day

Upset West Ham fans in the stands at St Andrew's after a draw at Birmingham sent them down

Upset West Ham fans in the stands at St Andrew’s after a draw at Birmingham sent them down

The late Glen Roeder had to step away from managing with three games left after falling ill with a brain tumour. West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking came in but couldn’t save the club despite two wins and they came 18th.

As a caveat West Ham’s 42 points are the most for a relegated side in Premier League history.

Don Hutchinson, who made ten appearances for West Ham during that campaign later said: ‘That team should have easily been competing for top six – to this day it’s still a mystery how we went down.’ 

Leeds United 2003-04

Alan Smith, wearing a Bolton shirt, is consoled by keeper Paul Robinson after Leeds go down in 2004

Alan Smith, wearing a Bolton shirt, is consoled by keeper Paul Robinson after Leeds go down in 2004

When Leeds faced Valencia in a Champions League semi-final in 2001 no one would have anticipated relegation three years later.

Leeds competed in Europe for five successive years from 1998-2003 but as financial troubles began they finished 15th in 2002-03.

Things only got worse as they lost nine of their first 13 league games in 2003-04 and manager Peter Reid was sacked.

Despite a wealth of talent at their disposal including James Milner, Alan Smith, Paul Robinson and Mark Viduka the club was in a downward spiral as debts rose to £100million.

After dropping into the relegation zone following a defeat to Liverpool in October they never came out the bottom three and were relegated in 19th place.

It took the club 16 years to return to the Premier League which included administration, a drop to League One and the tumultuous ownership of Massimo Cellino.

Newcastle United 2008-09

The 2008-09 season was Newcastle’s 16th successive season in the Premier League and they had never finished below 14th.

Their squad was scattered with international talent including Fabricio Coloccini, Damien Duff, José Enrique and Michael Owen.

Newcastle hero Kevin Keegan had returned as manager the previous season and guided the club to 12th place. Ahead of the season, the city was full of confidence with ‘King Kev’ back at the helm.

Damien Duff (centre) and Kevin Nolan (right) after Newcastle's relegation in 2009

Damien Duff (centre) and Kevin Nolan (right) after Newcastle’s relegation in 2009

Alan Shearer, who was caretaker manager, with the Newcastle fans after relegation at Villa

Alan Shearer, who was caretaker manager, with the Newcastle fans after relegation at Villa

However a fallout with Mike Ashley and Executive Director Dennis Wise over transfer policy meant Keegan resigned after three games of the season.

Joe Kinnear’s disastrous and chaotic reign as manager followed before he stepped aside due to heart problems and was replaced by club legend Alan Shearer despite no previous managerial experience.

Shearer was unable to arrest the slump and Newcastle picked up one win from his eight games in charge. They were relegated in 18th place following a final day defeat to Aston Villa having only required a point to survive.

Aston Villa 2015-16

Premier League stalwarts at the time, Villa had been in the top tier of English football since 1975 and had even won the European Cup in 1982.

Tim Sherwood saved the club from relegation the previous season and ahead of 2015-16 they spent over £50million on 12 players including Idrissa Gueye, Joleon Lescott and Adama Traore.

Many of the new signings struggled to gel and Sherwood was sacked in October after four points from the first 10 games. He was replaced by Remi Garde.

Dejected Aston Villa players at Old Trafford as defeat consigned them to the Championship

Dejected Aston Villa players at Old Trafford as defeat consigned them to the Championship

Angry Villa fans at Old Trafford as tensions boil over with the club's ownership

Angry Villa fans at Old Trafford as tensions boil over with the club’s ownership 

Garde failed to make any impact whatsoever and was sacked after five months.

Villa’s miserable campaign included an 11-game losing streak from February to April and they finished with just 17 points and 22 adrift of safety.

A slight positive was the emergency of a 20-year-old Jack Grealish but he suffered the ignominy of losing all 16 games he played in – a Premier League record for the most ever games played without picking up a point in a season.

Special mentions – Birmingham (2010-11) and Stoke (2017-18)

When Birmingham secured a memorable League Cup triumph, their first major trophy since 1963, things were on the up.

They had finished ninth the previous season and were 16th at the time of the Obafemi Martins-inspired-triumph.

A cup hangover followed as their form collapsed and they won just two of their last 12 games. They picked up one point from their final six and were relegated by a point.

Birmingham celebrate beating Arsenal to win the League Cup... not long before relegation

Birmingham celebrate beating Arsenal to win the League Cup… not long before relegation

Following promotion in 2008 Stoke had been in the Premier League for ten seasons.

They had never come below 13th and had finished ninth for three successive campaigns from 2013-16.

Despite a squad full of quality that included Jack Butland, Xherdan Shaqiri and Kurt Zouma, a disastrous season followed and a 19th place finish with reports of a divided and toxic dressing room.

As Everton head into the crunch time of the season hoping to avoid the drop there are plenty of warning signs from other clubs who have experienced a shock relegation.

Xherdan Shaqiri was part of a talented Stoke team that suffered relegation back in 2018

Xherdan Shaqiri was part of a talented Stoke team that suffered relegation back in 2018

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