Jamie Carragher’s Everton claim and Newcastle, Leeds and Aston Villa comparison in ‘big club’ debate
Jamie Carragher has claimed Everton would be the “biggest club” to ever be relegated from the Premier League if such a fate were to be suffered this season – ahead of Newcastle United.
The Merseyside club have been in the English top flight for 51 years, but that history is turned upside down after a dismal season that leaves them in the bottom three with six games remaining. writing in his weekly column for the TelegraphCarragher claimed Everton are a bigger club than Aston Villa, Leeds United and – most importantly – the Magpies.
“If Everton are relegated, they will be the biggest club in Premier League history to suffer this dismal fate.” Carragher wrote.
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“When you put together all the elements that make up a ‘great club’ – status, history, resources, fanbase size and the culture of the city in which a team operates – Everton’s downfall would be the most colossal and the most Aston Villa and Newcastle United fans may argue differently.
“Villa were once European champions and were established in the Premier League for 24 uninterrupted years when they fell in 2016, so their relegation was huge. Newcastle lament their demise after coming close to the Premier League title under Kevin Keegan in 1996 to be relegated in 2009. Everton’s predicament overshadows these examples, with the club’s last relegation being in 1951.”
Just 13 years have separated a team that lit up the early Premier League seasons – containing the likes of Peter Beardsley, David Ginola and Les Ferdinand – and a team dedicated to second-tier football. Newcastle emerged immediately, doing so again in 2016/2017, and now look set to challenge European football for the next season or two.
And Carragher added the Magpies could soon be a bigger club than Everton, but doubled down on saying they weren’t there yet.
“Watching football in the mid-80s when Everton had their most glorious spell under Howard Kendall,” added Carragher. “Newcastle were bouncing back and forth through the divisions. With the greatest respect, they have only been champions of England four times, their last victory being in 1927.
“Newcastle have the potential to become bigger than Everton under their new Saudi owners. They are not there yet, and certainly not when they entered the Championship.