This season’s relegation poll went live at about 8.30 on Wednesday morning. By 2.30 some eighteen hundred votes had been cast. Hull received about a third of them and remained clear favourites. Burnley stayed in second place, although the gap had widened, and we had moved up to third. The other five clubs were well behind:
And then it all went quiet. There were more votes, as you might expect, but nothing like the numbers we saw in the first few hours, and they mirrored the votes already cast. The graph you see above, generated on Wednesday afternoon, is pretty much where we are now.
What, I wonder, has moved Sunderland up the poll? Could it be Sunderland fans, pessimistic after a transfer widow which had seen no new faces arrive? Or was it fans from other clubs taking exception to their being named as relegation possibles? Perhaps Smoggie, a frequent visitor, has enlisted the help of ‘Boro-supporting friends to vote for us? I don’t know, although I suspect the answer lies more with the middle possibility than the others. Unless, of course, it’s a well-considered, impartial analysis of our situation by even-minded football supporters from all over the country.
Not that it matters. The poll will run for the rest of this week, and I’ve made results visible so you can see if the numbers change as more signings are made and squads become settled prior to the big kick off.
Once again we have the Premier League to thank for transfer information, which I’ll endeavour to keep up to date through the week, using different colours to signal changes.
And once again, your comments are welcome. Did you vote for us as candidates for relegation? If so, why? Or what other clubs have you chosen and why? Share it with us, and with any poor benighted souls which just happen to come across this website.
|Hull||Manager resigned. One player in, three players out|
|Burnley||Four players in, five players out|
|Bournemouth||Eight players in, seven players out|
|Middlesbrough||Nine players in, four players out|
|Watford||Manager replaced. Five players in, seven players out|
|Sunderland||Manager replaced. Three players in, eight players out|
|West Brom||One player in, three players out|
|Crystal Palace||Three players in, nine players out|