Got a team in Premier League history that you just hate?
And we're not talking about rivalries here. We're talking certain teams in the top flight era that you despised at the time and continue to do so.
Stoke City, for instance, whose brand of football when they were in the Premier League wasn't very favourable.
Leicester City weren't popular after they sacked Claudio Ranieri nine months after delivering the title.
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We've all got one team that we just hate, and our reasons for doing so may be quite obscure.
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West Ham - 2006/07
In the summer of 2006, West Ham completed two seriously unlikely signings.
The Hammers captured both Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano - and their signings would spell bad news for Sheffield United.
Tevez’s goals resulted in Sheffield United’s relegation to the Championship and the price West Ham had to pay for breaching third-party ownership rules relating to Tevez and Mascherano’s signings paled in comparison to what the Blades had to go through.
West Ham were fined £5 million and agreed to pay Sheffield United £18m.
But they remained in the Premier League, while Sheffield United would eventually drop down to League One.
No wonder they make the list.
Leeds United - 2000/01
Leeds United finished fourth in the table in 2000/01 but their season was marred by grievous bodily harm with intent and affray charges faces two of their best players, Jonathan Woodgate and Lee Bowyer.
Bowyer was cleared of both charges but Woodgate was convicted of affray and sentenced to community service following an attack on a student in Leeds.
It was an unpleasant case that didn’t reflect well on the club.
West Brom - 2017/18
West Brom had two permanent managers in the 2017/18 season - Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew.
“They are literally among the most nauseating faces in English football,” The Irish Guy remarks, his disdain for the pair very apparent.
And the football? Ouch.
“It must have been like pouring petrol into your eyes,” he adds.
More embarrassment was heaped upon the Baggies when their players made headlines for allegedly stealing a taxi during a team bonding trip to Spain.
West Brom were relegated to the Championship in what was a season to forget.
Hull City - 2008/09
Phil Brown can count himself very lucky that Hull City avoided relegation in 2008/09.
The Tigers finished one point above the relegation zone after winning just one of their final 22 matches.
It wasn’t through a managerial masterclass that Brown managed to save relegation. Rather, West Brom, Middlesbrough and Newcastle United were just worse.
But Brown celebrated as though he had performed a miracle, grabbing a microphone and singing on the KC Stadium pitch on the final day of the season.
He was essentially celebrating other teams’ failures to get enough points.
Chelsea - 2004/05
Jose Mourinho earned a lot of admirers upon his arrival in England and even The Irish Guy admits to being a fan, saying the Portuguese coach “was a breathe of fresh air”.
But Roman Abramovich’s injection of cash made Chelsea an unpopular club.
“Whereas before the club could barely afford a Freddo, now they were chucking £20 million at anything that moved,” The Irish Guy remarks.
Paulo Ferreira, Petr Cech, Arjen Robben, Mateja Kezman, Didier Drogba, Tiago, Ricardo Carvalho, Nuno Morais and Jiri Jarosik all arrived in the summer of 2004 and Chelsea went on to win the title for the first time in 50 years.
Throw in Mourinho’s antics, including shushing Liverpool fans during the League Cup final and accusing them of cheating throughout the Champions League semi-final, and they weren’t widely popular.
Manchester City - 2009/10
“The 09/10 season was when they were at their most hated and most vilified in the country,” The Irish Guy says.
Similar to Chelsea, Man City suddenly found themselves with millions of pounds to spend following Sheik Mansour’s takeover in 2008.
Not only did they sign players from around the world, but they also brought players in from closer to home.
They signed Gareth Barry from Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers’ Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez from Manchester United, Everton defender Joleon Lescott and Arsenal pair Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Adebayor and Tevez both celebrated scoring goals against their former clubs and with Nigel de Jong, Stephen Ireland, Craig Bellamy, Robinho and Adam Johnson also in the squad, Man City’s team wasn’t easy to get behind.
QPR - 2012/13
QPR’s players took the mickey in 2012/13.
The likes of Jose Bosingwa, Julio Cesar, Park Ji-sung, Stephane Mbia and Chris Samba all collected hefty wage packets and gave their fans just four wins all season.
It was a true smash-and-grab job.
Leicester City - 2016/17
Leicester’s decision to sack Claudio Ranieri just nine months after he delivered the Premier League title infuriated many.
And the anger was turned up a notch when Leicester won their next five games after the amicable Italian’s dismissal.
It led to accusations that the players downed tools in order to get Ranieri sacked.
It was an ugly end to Ranieri’s incredible time at the club.
Newcastle United - 2015/16
Newcastle’s squad in 2015/16 was very talented.
Georginio Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko, Siem de Jong, Andros Townsend, Jonjo Shelvey and Florian Thauvin were among the players in the team.
Yet they didn’t meet expectations and were relegated to the Championship.
That’s after showing that they can actually play football by beating Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 on final day of season.
The fact that the players have since gone on to achieve success elsewhere - Wijnaldum with Liverpool, Thauvin with Marseille and Sissoko, who starred for France at Euro 2016, simply adds insult to injury.
Stoke City - 2010/11
Of course Stoke were going to make the list.
Outside of Stoke fans, does anyone like the Potters?
Their style of football in 2010/11 certainly didn’t match with the idea that football is the beautiful game.
Their best attacking threat was a Rory Delap throw-in.
And when their fans started to boo Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, who had his leg broken by Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross in 2010, many saw fit to put Stoke right at the top of their hated list.News Now - Sport News