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Portsmouth now play in League Two with crippling debts. (©GettyImages)
Portsmouth now play in League Two with crippling debts. (©GettyImages).

2. Portsmouth

With Harry Redknapp at the helm, Portsmouth transformed themselves from Championship strugglers to FA Cup champions and European competitors - all within six years.

Having taken over in 2002, Redknapp inherited a side that just survived relegation the season before - when they won their final game of the season against Huddersfield Town.

With Milan Mandaric’s backing, Portsmouth earned promotion and consolidated themselves as a Premier League club.

After a brief spell in charge at rivals Southampton, Harry returned to assemble an exciting squad with the money of new owner Alexandre Gaydamak.

After finishing one point off European qualification in 2006-2007, Portsmouth won their first FA Cup since 1939 and qualified for Europe.

Three relegations and a pair of administrations later and Portsmouth are on the verge of ceasing to exist.

The monumental demise has seen new rules and regulations put in place regarding the criteria a potential owner must meet before taking charge of a club.

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