Snowflake RoyalNewCorkSethSnowflake Royal Maybe.
Correct me if I'm wrong but you floated this idea last season too?
I remember doing a big ling post about all relegated clubs from the last 10 years. It works out less than people assume. Maybe when I'm back from holiday I'll go through the squads of teams who did make it back up to see what (if any) academy or young players impressed and helped promotion.
Plenty of clubs come back within a few seasons and do very well.
I have a theory that established champ clubs, excluding financial basket cases, will do better in the medium term if they go down quickly. Having a better chance of bouncing back and then competing at the right end of the Championship. Than a club who perennially survives by a narrow margin over three or four seasons.
I'm also much more forgiving of Academy players struggling than watching yet another bunch of failed pros underperform. I think so much of making it in football is actually being trusted with an opportunity to play and that a relegation fight that's ultimately lost could be a superb learning experience for young players, with the right support. As a one off season I don't think it breeds too much of a losing culture, especially for players previously used to youth success who know a lot is being asked of them.
It's academic though, because we've made a bunch of signings and Gomes is leaning towards the miracle of turning around a shambolic club with a culture of failure baked in over most of the last six or seven years now.
I get the thought experiment. I really do but if you look at the actual historic evidence it holds no water. You say there is plenty clubs that come back after a few seasons but without double checking my previous post to this theory I think it was roughly 50% of clubs come back up within a few seasons and most were relegated again soon after.