What next for Aston Villa? How relegated teams have fared in the Championship after finishing bottom of the Premier League

Gabby Agbonlahor and Ashley Westwood of Aston Villa show their frustration after Everton's third goal

With Aston Villa relegated and facing a 20th-place finish, we took a look at how the Premier League's bottom clubs have fared in the Championship - and it doesn't make good reading for Aston Villa fans.

Villa are currently 12 points adrift of second-bottom Newcastle and, relegated for the first time in the Premier League era, the club finds itself in unfamiliar territory.

Will they slip through the divisions as local rivals Wolves did when their relegation to League One was confirmed in the 2012/13 season, or can they bounce back immediately like Queens Park Rangers in 2013/2014?

We take a look at the average Championship finish for teams who have finished bottom of the Premier League, what percentage made it straight back, and more...

How does the bottom-placed Premier League team fare the next season?

Premier League Season Club relegated (in 20th place) Championship finish the next season
1992/93 Nottingham Forest 2nd - Promoted
1993/94 Swindon 21st - Relegated
1994/95 Ipswich 7th
1995/96 Bolton 1st - Promoted
1996/97 Nottingham Forest 1st - Promoted
1997/98 Crystal Palace 14th
1998/99 Nottingham Forest 14th
1999/00 Watford 9th
2000/01 Bradford 15th
2001/02 Leicester 2nd - Promoted
2002/03 Sunderland 3rd
2003/04 Wolves 9th
2004/05 Southampton 12th
2005/06 Sunderland 1st - Promoted
2006/07 Watford 6th
2007/08 Derby 18th
2008/09 West Brom 2nd - Promoted
2009/10 Portsmouth 16th
2010/11 West Ham 3rd - Promoted (play-offs)
2011/12 Wolves 23rd - Relegated
2012/13 Queens Park Rangers 4th - Promoted (play-offs)
2013/14 Cardiff 11th
2014/15 Queens Park Rangers TBC
2015/16 Aston Villa N/A

What percentage of teams make it straight back to the Premier League and how many of them suffer the dreaded double relegation?

Just 35 per cent of teams relegated after finishing 20th in the Premier League bounce back with promotion the following season.

Nine per cent have suffered consecutive relegations and have found themselves in the third tier just two seasons after playing in the Premier League. 

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The teams that make up the 35 per cent are: Nottingham Forest (twice), Bolton, Crystal Palace, Leicester, Sunderland, West Brom, West Ham and Queens Park Rangers.

Queens Park Rangers were the last team to finish bottom of the Premier League, then secure promotion back to the top flight one year on.
Image: Queens Park Rangers were the last team to finish bottom of the Premier League, then secure promotion back to the top flight one year on

Swindon were the first team to face consecutive relegations from the Premier League and second tier. After finishing the 1993/94 season at the foot of the Premier League, the Robins then finished 21st in Division One.

The other team to have suffered back-to-back drops are Wolves, who ended the 2012/13 Championship season in 23rd place.

What's the average position teams finish in the Championship after finishing bottom of the Premier League the previous season?

On average, teams who have finished bottom of the Premier League end the following campaign ninth in the Championship. Last season's 20th-placed Premier League club, QPR, are currently 11th in the Championship. 

What happens to the bottom Premier League team who get relegated, but stay in the second tier for more than a season? 

Failure to bounce straight back up to the Premier League can prove costly.

Only one team has gained promotion back to the top flight within three years of relegation as the Premier League's bottom side, after failing at the first attempt.

That team was Sunderland, who finished 20th in the Premier League in 2002/03 but secured promotion two seasons on (2004/05).

Portsmouth were relegated from the Premier League when Avram Grant was in charge in 2010
Image: Portsmouth were relegated from the Premier League when Avram Grant was in charge in 2010

In contrast, Portsmouth, managed by Avram Grant at the time, went down at the end of 2009/10 season to the Championship and were eventually demoted to League One in the 2012/13 campaign amidst financial troubles.

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