The team that finishes bottom of the Premier League should be DOUBLE RELEGATED to League 1
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I think it is time that the team finishing bottom of the Premier League is double relegated to League 1 to discourage teams from falling into this constant cycle of reaching the big time, taking the money, getting sent straight back down, pocketing the parachute payment and then just doing it all over again.
The other two teams in the bottom three should continue to go down to the Championship as normal, with the threat of a double drop proving to be a huge incentive to try and get some points on the board.
Three teams could still be promoted as normal from the Championship, with an extra Championship place being offered to League 1. If my maths is way out, someone else can figure out the logic of it all through playoffs or whatever.
I wrote a satirical article stating that the same fate would be dished out to West Ham United if they finished bottom of the pile this season, and that got me thinking that it would actually be a good idea. The article has been read over 92,000 times in just over a week, so it's clear that there is an appetite for this (proof is in the updates below).
The current setup for the top two tiers of the football pyramid have become stale and boring, and this new sexier system will add some real spice.
After all, some of the bottom-finishers in recent Premier League history have been an abomination with fewer points than a shape that doesn't really have many points at all.
More to the point, a number of Premier League sides have finished up in League 1 anyway after a couple of years, so is it really that far-fetched to cut out the 'middleman?'
In the interests of transparency, I should point out that I am both a Gooner and a Shrimper ...
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