FIVE times Premier League clubs fortunes changed in one season

Written by on 3rd April 2023

From relegation bound to third in the Premier League – Newcastle United now, compared to last season, couldn’t contrast any more if they tried.

The Magpies look set to compete in one of the three European competitions next season with a lot of fans confident it’ll be the pinnacle – The UEFA Champions League.

Goals from Joe Willock and Callum Wilson helped Newcastle to a 2-0 win over top four rivals Manchester United, putting them a point clear of fifth with a game in hand.

But what other teams have seen a change so drastic within 12 months?

Here are the FIVE Biggest changes in clubs fortunes between two Premier League seasons.

Bruno Guimaraes celebrates with the crowd Credit: Allstar Picture Library/ Alamy Live News

  1. Newcastle United 2021/22 – 2022/23

A lot of fans were anticipating a return of the North East derby this year as Newcastle looked set to go down to the Championship while Sunderland were promoted from League One.

Despite the growing confidence in Newcastle’s drop to the second tier, they managed to pull off a great escape under new Saudi ownership and Eddie Howe management.

Following a 2-0 victory against Manchester United, Newcastle sit third in the Premier League looking set for European football with the Champions League very much in sight.

Eleven games to go and a game in hand, fans from the Toon will be very excited heading into the home stretch.


  1. Sheffield United 2019/20 – 2020/21

Sheffield United’s fourth season in the Premier League came as a shock to many with their promotion to England’s top flight coming just two years after being in League One.

Fifty-four points and an equal goal difference later, the Blades sat in the top half of the Premier League just two points behind Arsenal.

One season competing at the top flight was all they had under Chris Wilder as their second season was very different.

23 points in 38 games left the red side of Sheffield bottom of the table, 16 points from safety and relegated to the Championship where they have been since.


  1. Nottingham Forest 1993/93 – 1994/95

Relegation in the inaugural Premier League season saw Nottingham Forest spend the 1993/94 season in the English second tier.

One season in the second tier was enough for Forest as they finished second securing promotion back to the still fresh faced Premier League.

The former back-to-back European champions didn’t stop there as they went on to finish second on their return, claiming 77 points in 42 games.

Two seasons later Nottingham Forest were relegated once again.


  1. Chelsea 2014/15 – 2015/16

A rampant Diego Costa and the brilliance of a prime Eden Hazard helped Chelsea to their first Premier League title since 2009/10.

73 goals scored and just 32 conceded looked considerably better than the following season when the Blues finished the season with a six goal difference.

Chelsea finished the 2015/16 10th on an underwhelming 50 points, their lowest Premier League points tally since 1995/96.

All was well a year later as the Blues won their sixth top flight title.


  1. Leicester City 2014/15 – 2015/16

A true football fairy tale.

Despite boasting the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, Leicester spent part of the 2014/15 season the bookies favourites for relegation.

The following season would be completely different for the Foxes as they would go on to rack up 81 points to win their first Premier League title, beating second placed Arsenal by 10 points.

An Eden Hazard goal for Chelsea to secure a point for the blues was enough to mathematically win Leicester the league – and the Vardy party erupted.

Mahrez would then move to Manchester City, N’Golo Kante to Chelsea whilst Vardy stayed at the midlands club where he still is today.

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